Does the Metaverse need blockchain to ensure widespread adoption?

While not absolutely necessary, omitting it would be misguided, reasons Andrew Singer, at Cointelegraph. “The Metaverse without blockchains would likely just advance the ball for Big Tech.”

Many are thrilled at the prospect of the Metaverse with its virtual worlds that can be used to play online games, but also to train surgeons on 3D organ models and enable students to visit recreated villages in ancient Greece astonishingly brought to life, writes Singer.

Many assume, too, that blockchain technology will play a key role in the Metaverse, along with other emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR). But is the use of blockchain really a foregone conclusion? Asks Singer

Stanford University professor Jeremy Bailenson recently moderated a World Economic Forum panel with some of the world’s leading thinkers of the Metaverse and blockchain. “The first question posed to the panel was ‘Do we need the blockchain for the metaverse?’” Bailenson, founder of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, recounted to Cointelegraph. “The consensus was that the Metaverse could exist without blockchain.”

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