Facebook’s track record means meta-scandals are an “inevitable outcome”, the Proton boss claims

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Meta’s prediction that a scandal around its metaverse is a “imposed consequence”, predicts proton CEO Andy Yen.

Founder Mark Zuckerberg He said the “embodied Internet” would be the future of technology, but Mr. Yen, whose company operates encrypted email clients Protonmail and ProtonVPN, said the endeavor could still fail.

“Things have come and gone Technique. You may remember nearly 10 years ago, there was The Google The glass… before people realized how scary that was,” said independentreferring to Google’s augmented reality headset that it launched in 2013.

“It’s hard to stay at this point, what’s a fad and what’s going to stay. The metaverse is new and cool, but will it be relevant in five years? I think it’s too early to tell if any of these trends will be permanent, and even if they come back and say a decade Since then, some of the trends are coming in very early.Microsoft had a tablet in the late 1990s [but] This was not the time. It’s about the right time and the right place.”

The parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp has been developing its own virtual world for some time, based on the headphones it bought when it bought Oculus – now renamed Meta Quest. But Mr. Yen said that “surveillance capitalism” business models for companies like Google and Meta would not be tolerated in real life.

“If you take the Google analogy, it is someone who follows you every day, logs everything you say and every place you visit. In real life, we would never tolerate that,” he previously said wired.

“On the Internet, in a way, because it is invisible, we tend to think that it does not exist. But the surveillance that you don’t notice tends to be more deceptive than the one that you do.”

It is possible that scandals in the embodied internet are causing more people to wake up to know how much information is being monitored online.

“Given what we’ve seen from Facebook in their track record, they are going to have the kind of scandal that will probably blow something in their faces, right? And bring us some attention. That was probably a foregone conclusion,” Yen told The Independent. It, I can’t tell.”

dead Already forced to add “personal limits” in Virtual Reality Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues platforms that prevent avatars from being in close contact with each other.

It came after Nina Jane Patel, a psychotherapist who conducts research on the metaverse, wrote a Medium post about A ‘surreal nightmare’ for being a ‘gang rape’ in Horizon Venues.

At the time, Facebook said it was “committed to building a ‘safe experience’ and will continue to make improvements as we learn more about how people interact in these spaces, especially when it comes to helping people report things easily and reliably.”

While many companies have promoted metaverses, Yen also said Proton will take a more cautious approach. “It’s very difficult to make predictions in this field for us with limited resources. We’re looking for long-term, permanent trends. So we don’t jump into wearables, we don’t jump into metaverses or that stuff until we see it. If you jump on every new fashion, you’re Forever haunted by the next big thing,” he told The Independent.

Meta isn’t the only company developing virtual and augmented reality technology. Apple’s augmented reality headset can do just that RealityOS launched this year; Google bought smart glasses company North in 2020, Assuming a complement to Google Glass might be in the works, And Snapchat believes that augmented reality glasses could become acceptable by 2029.

However, the yen is more skeptical. “I think there will always be room for the real world,” he said. “I find it hard to imagine the kind of world where everyone gets the augmented reality thing while they’re stuck there. I just don’t see it.”