To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert
Advert
Advert

Grimes says the Metaverse is dead before it's even begun with Mark Zuckerberg in charge

Jake Massey

Published 
| Last updated 

Grimes says the Metaverse is dead before it's even begun with Mark Zuckerberg in charge

Featured Image Credit: Sipa US/Abaca Press/Alamy

Grimes has claimed that the metaverse is dead before it's even begun with Mark Zuckerberg at the helm.

The Facebook co-founder and CEO of parent company Meta has set his sights on transforming his social media network into a metaverse - where people can game, work, communicate and buy digital goods in an online virtual environment, often using VR headsets.

But while the 38-year-old billionaire is excited to usher in this new world, Grimes - real name Claire Boucher - is convinced he isn't the right man to do it.

Advert
Grimes thinks Zuckerberg is under-qualified to build the metaverse. Credit: Image Press Agency/Alamy Stock Photo
Grimes thinks Zuckerberg is under-qualified to build the metaverse. Credit: Image Press Agency/Alamy Stock Photo

Sharing an image of his avatar, the 34-year-old musician - and ex of Elon Musk - tweeted: "If zuck 'oversees the Metaverse' it is dead and people who care about art and culture are building something else. also this is bad art.

"The quality of this image alone speaks to how wildly under qualified he is to build alternate reality, literally every indie game looks better."

Advert

'Zuck' is unlikely to be perturbed by her criticism though, and he recently declared he wants his metaverse to have a billion users.

Speaking to CNBC in June, he said: "We hope to basically get to around a billion people in the metaverse doing hundreds of dollars of commerce, each buying digital goods, digital content, different things to express themselves, so whether that’s clothing for their avatar or different digital goods for their virtual home or things to decorate their virtual conference room, utilities to be able to be more productive in virtual and augmented reality and across the metaverse overall."

He added: "I've been really happy with how that's gone. It has exceeded my expectations.

"But I still think it's going to take a while for it to get to the scale of several hundreds of millions or even billions of people in the metaverse, just because things take some time to get there.

Advert

"So that’s the North Star. I think we will get there. But, you know, the other services that we run are at a somewhat larger scale already today."

Zuckerberg has big plans for the metaverse. Credit: The Photo Access/Alamy Stock Photo
Zuckerberg has big plans for the metaverse. Credit: The Photo Access/Alamy Stock Photo

Nick Clegg - the former deputy UK prime minister and Meta's current president of global affairs - has said the metaverse is the 'logical evolution of the internet' and will become mainstream 'one way or another'

In an online essay, Clegg said that although the technology was unlikely to come to full fruition for 10 to 15 years, the metaverse would eventually have global ramifications.

Advert

"When Facebook started 18 years ago, we mostly typed text on websites," he said.

"When we got phones with cameras, the internet became more visual and mobile. As connections got faster, video became a richer way to share things. We've gone from desktop to web to mobile; from text to photos to video.

"In this progression, the metaverse is a logical evolution. It's the next generation of the internet — a more immersive, 3D experience."

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected] 

Topics: Celebrity, Grimes, Mark Zuckerberg, Social Media, Facebook

Jake Massey
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Technology

Urgent warning issued to iPhone users to turn on new thief-blocking security feature

an hour ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Mugshots of man show his visual changes as he descended further into a life of crime

6 hours ago