Video gaming addiction is becoming a serious business.

Facebook is changing its name to Metaverse. And China has banned children from playing video games during the week. Moreover, David Chalmers, an eminent philosophy professor, has just written a book called Reality+. What’s the connection? The connection is that virtual worlds are becoming a real thing. Computer hardware and software is now getting to the point that tens, if not hundreds, of millions of people are now devoting large parts of their time to living a virtual life. Should we be worried? Maybe not. Maybe this will answer the question, what will everybody do when robots have taken over all our jobs. Don’t laugh. Living virtually is exactly what many people will do once they have a universal basic income and robots are doing all the work.

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