Metaverse is a risk to human social skills, Abba Voyage producer tells MPs

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The metaverse is a concern because it would encourage more screen time and harm human connection, the producer of the Abba travel show told lawmakers.

Savannah Gisla told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee that the technology “scares” her and does not represent a clear improvement in digital experiences.

He told MPs Abba Voyage, a physical concert in which four 3D digital versions of the group’s younger selves sing and dance to some of their hits, was intentionally designed to be played on mobile devices rather than as a completely virtual or digital streaming event, rather than a larger one. Designed for a group experience. headset.



The metaverse kind of scares me because I feel like just because technology is available doesn’t mean we have to use it

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The concerts take place in a purpose-built 3,000-seater arena in East London.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has branded the Metaverse – a virtual world that can be accessed through a virtual reality headset, where users can access all their essential services as well as work and interact with others around the world. Can Socialize With People – The Future of the Internet.

But Ms Gisla said group experiences are more natural for humans because “we are pack animals” and, because of the rise of technology and mobile devices, “it’s only recently that we’ve been encouraged not to Is”.

“The metaverse scares me in that way because I feel like just because a technology is available doesn’t mean we have to use it,” she said.

“It doesn’t mean it’s good for us, it doesn’t mean it’s improving anything, and I don’t see any improvement in putting more screens (in) and our younger generation taking a deeper dive into loneliness.” Screen all day. This is just my personal take.



We like human emotions and we worry and I worry that, along with technology, it has made us too isolated. Living with technology is a very lonely existence. It’s actually built to separate people and connect them with a one-to-one device

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“We have chosen not to go digital with this show. We had lots and lots of people telling us we were crazy to spend all this money and have to travel to 3,000 locations at a time to make shows for people to experience it,” Ms. Gisla said.

“They couldn’t understand why we weren’t showing it to millions of people around the world. But the answer, for us, was very simple – we wanted an emotional experience.

“We like human emotions and we worry and I worry that, with technology, it has made us very isolated. Living with technology is a very lonely existence. It really separates people and They are made to connect with one-to-one devices.

“We see it in our children, we see it in our grandchildren—they don’t have social skills and are missing the interactive, emotional experience of being with people and experiencing things.”

Ms Gisla said photography and filming are banned in Abba Voyage because the show wants its viewers to be “present” and to remind them that “you can experience things without holding your phone in front of your eyes”. can do”.

“Things happen if you don’t post them on Instagram. They still happen,” she said.

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