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Second Life creator sees disaster in Facebook-like metaverse

Philip Rosedale says technology is not yet ready for 3D immersive VR

Second Life inventor Philip Rosedale says current technology is not able yet to handle large gatherings well in the metaverse. (Photo courtesy of Philip Rosedale and Linden Lab)

TOKYO -- "Metaverse" has become a buzzword in tech, business and beyond since Mark Zuckerberg changed the name of his company from Facebook to Meta Platforms last October, signaling a new focus on creating a virtual world where people can "live" in the form of avatars.

But what is effectively a kind of metaverse has actually been available to consumers for nearly two decades -- ever since Linden Lab of San Francisco launched its Second Life platform in 2003.

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