THE creator of the World Wide Web said he expects virtual reality (VR), and technologies based around a so-called metaverse, to be part of how people interact with his invention in the future. But in a new interview with Bloomberg Quicktake, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee also restated his opposition to the world's biggest technology companies being in control of so much of their users' personal data. "People ask about virtual reality, and if the metaverse is going to be the whole future, and the answer is that it's going to be part of the future," Berners-Lee said in an interview for an episode of Bloomberg Quicktake's Emma Barnett Meets, airing Wednesday (May 11).
"With VR, we're getting a new media," he said. "I think you'll be able to sit between a movie and a VR world of that movie, for example. That's what I hope." The popularity of buzzwords such as Web3 and NFT divide public opinion. Some experts are adamant that retooling the internet's most important functions are essential for the future of functional democracy, while others mock them as opportunistic cash-grabs.