Minecraft, the Metaverse, and 3D printing

Over at our sponsor Intel's My Life Scoop site, I wrote about Minecraft, the Metaverse, and 3D printing:

When I started playing Minecraft with my kids last year, I immediately thought of the Metaverse — the shared virtual reality system in Neal Stephenson's now-classic 1992 science fiction novel, Snow Crash. The Metaverse was a simulated universe where people could buy or rent virtual real estate and set up a business or a home-away-from-home, furnishing it with virtual goods that cost real money. "Minecraft is the first big step towards they Metaverse," I thought…

But, as is so often the case, reality is turning out to be stranger — and more interesting — than fiction.

"Is Minecraft the Metaverse?"

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