In its new series Are We There Yet?,
Are We There Yet? purports to be a crash course in “metaverse 101” that “showcas[es] the ways the metaverse will help us feel closer, be more collaborative, and be built by not just a few, but by all of us.”
Given that mission, the series should start with the basics: How a consumer can access the metaverse through a
I am sorry to report that the first episode of the series does none of those things.
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“How would you describe, in simple terms, the metaverse to someone who has no clue what it’s about?” asks Palmer.
“I think the simplest way of thinking about it is that the metaverse is the next phase of the internet,” replies Shah, in terms that mean absolutely nothing to an average consumer.
Shah goes on to plug the ability to create dream-like experiences in Horizon Worlds, noting that he’s seen users “building comedy clubs, speakeasies, haunted houses, [and] meditation spaces” and that “the tools to build things are available now.” What tools? You’ll never find out, because they are never named. He also never explains how to access Horizon Worlds or how to build in it — just that you can.
“Everyone’s got questions about the metaverse,” Meta said in a press materials about the show. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t know how to answer any of them.