Nick Clegg, global affairs president of Facebook's parent company Meta, confirmed the WEF's new role in a tweet. He mentioned the organization's "multi-stakeholder initiative" as having a leadership role in the establishment of the metaverse.
"Building the metaverse requires work across (the) industry to inform best practices and governance principles, and ensure these technologies are built responsibly. [The] WEF's new multi-stakeholder initiative … will play a leadership role in that work," the former British deputy prime minister tweeted on May 25.
The WEF elaborated on the initiative, dubbed "Defining and Building the Metaverse," on its website. It seeks to build "an economically viable, interoperable, safe and inclusive metaverse" – through the collaboration of more than 60 stakeholder companies, including Microsoft and HTC. WEF Managing Director Jeremy Jurgens said the initiative "provides the industry with an essential toolkit for ethically and responsibly building the metaverse."
According to the WEF's website, "Defining and Building the Metaverse" will focus on two key areas.
"The first area of focus is the governance of the metaverse, how the technologies and environments of the metaverse can be developed in safe, secure, interoperable and inclusive ways. The second will focus on value creation and identify the incentives and risks that businesses, individuals and society will encounter as the metaverse comes to life."
The endeavor "will also outline how value chains may be disrupted, industries may be transformed, new assets could be created and rights protected," added the WEF.
"[The metaverse must not] be shaped by tech companies on their own. It needs to be developed openly with a spirit of cooperation between the private sector, lawmakers, civil society, academia and the people who will use these technologies," said Clegg.
However, it remains to be seen whether the "people who will use these technologies" will have a degree of involvement – given the WEF's penchant for Orwellian-style control and surveillance. (Related: BardsFM host Scott Kesterson: Meta is the biggest trap ever laid for humanity – Brighteon.TV.)
Unsurprisingly, the organization established by globalist Klaus Schwab is also gunning to have an important role in educating children in the metaverse. The metaverse WEF seeks to play a huge part in creating would also serve as a platform for "brainwashing" children – away from human interaction.
In a May 23 post on the WEF's website, Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri argued that the future of education lies in "disconnecting" children from physical learning and "plugging" them into virtual learning through the metaverse. Al Dhaheri serves as the president of Abu Dhabi University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
He pointed to environmental pressures and so-called climate change goals worldwide as the main reason students will be less reliant on textbooks, notebooks and pencils. Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality environments would then enter the scene to address this gap.
"Advancements have already been visible during the COVID-19 pandemic when governments were forced to close the doors of schools and universities worldwide for weeks at a time. Although these solutions were crucial, they mostly focused on transferring knowledge – not the practical and in-person experience students needed to grasp concepts," wrote Al Dhaheri.
"When combined with innovative pedagogies – AR, VR and mixed reality [environments] are positioned to address this need and create a competitive advantage for all stakeholders involved."
Al Dhaheri also mentioned plans to tap the metaverse in education in both his home country and neighboring Saudi Arabia. He cited the Museum of the Future in Dubai as a current example, with two of its displays making use of the technologies.
Interestingly, he also wrote that "VR does somewhat limit human interaction" and "can cause isolation in younger generations." Still, Al Dhaheri doubled down on his push for digital education, claiming that "the benefits outweigh the risks."
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