Mark Zuckerberg thinks we will give up the real world – and live in metaverse

If you're worried about spending too much time on your phone, don't be. It can't be anywhere near as much as what Mark Zuckerberg has planned for us.

Zuckerberg, who recently renamed his company Facebook to 'Meta', believes that we'll one day spend the majority of our time inside the metaverse, leaving the real world behind.

In an interview with tech podcaster Lex Fridman, Zuckerberg said: "A lot of people think that the metaverse is about a place, but one definition of this is it’s about a time when basically immersive digital worlds become the primary way that we live our lives and spend our time."

He added: "I think that’s a reasonable construct."

The 'metaverse' is a term Zuckerberg has coined to refer to a range of immersive virtual reality and augmented reality.

In the wide-ranging interview with Fridman, Zuckerberg also outlined his plans to 'cure, prevent, or treat' all diseases through investing billions in biomedical research.

Like Bill Gates, Zuckerberg runs his own philanthropic project, in his case the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Explaining his motivation behind the £59 billion charity, Zuckerberg said:

"It was an intentional decision to not focus our philanthropy explicitly on longevity or living forever […] it is focused on what I think is a possible goal in this century which be able to cure prevent or manage all diseases."

He told Fridman that he thinks people getting sick and dying is a 'bad thing', and he is dedicating 'almost all' of his money towards research in that area.

"I don't actually ever know if you're ever going to eradicate it but I think you can get to a point where you can either cure things that happen so people get diseases but you can cure them. Prevent is probably closest to eradication or just be able to manage ongoing things that aren't going to ruin your life."

"I think saying that there's going to be no disease at all is probably not possible for the next several decades."

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