Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, did not show support for the metaverse and Web 3.0 ecosystems, dismissing them as marketing buzzwords.
Musk said in an interview with The Babylon Bee that he doesn't see anyone strapping a screen to their face all day. "It seems like a lot of people talk about the metaverse to me, but I don't necessarily buy into it myself," said the Tesla CEO.
With regards to metaverses and virtual reality (VR), Musk said that he doesn't envision a future where people will have to leave the real world in order to live in the virtual world.
As a result of his personal experience, he added that playing video games while wearing a VR headset can trigger motion sickness:
The development of a Neuralink could allow you to experience virtual reality completely in the long run. Metaverse sounds like a lot of buzzwords, I don't think we're going to disappear into it any time soon.
Musk founded Neuralink, a neurotechnology company whose goal is to place brain implants in humans for the purpose of restoring and enhancing physical capabilities.
Neuralink's first product enables people with paralysis to operate smartphones using their minds rather than thumbs:
I am currently unable to envision a compelling metaverse or Web 3 sounds more like marketing than anything else. Maybe I will get it someday, but not yet.
Furthermore, Musk pointed out that users will not want to leave their VR headsets once they enter them. In addition, he recalls being warned growing up about not sitting too close to the television:
Isn't that going to ruin your eyesight? We have TV literally right in front of us (on the face). How is this possible? Could this be beneficial?
Musk, who is widely considered the most influential supporter of Dogecoin (DOGE), recently expressed his support for cryptocurrencies, calling them indestructible and aimed at reducing centralized power, saying that "Crypto can't be destroyed, but governments can slow down its advancement."
When asked about his views on crypto regulations, he suggested that the United States government should "do nothing."