Reality is only a Keystroke Away
Metawar is the art and science of distorting realities by creating believable artificial immersive simulations in
the metaverse. We have watched social media and deepfake technologies become the speartip of the current
forms of metawar since 2015.
The metaverse has been evolving since the first oral ‘story tellers’ stimulated their audiences’ imaginations
millennia ago. Orson Wells clearly confirmed the power of immersive story telling in 1938. Today,
audiences beg for more immersive experiences. The metaverse is destined to become “The most powerful
and addictive reality distortion machine ever conceived.”
On June 27, 1991, Winn Schwartau testified before the US Congress and warned that the then-infant internet
was ripe for Cyberterrorism, Cyberwar, Cybercrime, Surveillance Capitalism, and the loss of personal
privacy. That day, he coined the term Electronic Pearl Harbor. He was named the “Civilian Architect of
Information Warfare” by Commodore Pat Tyrrell OBE of the Royal Navy in 1996.
Today, Schwartau maintains that “We are digitally terraforming the cognitive infrastructure of the future.
We’ve been given a second chance. We know how to do it wrong. Why don’t we choose to do it right?”
As we technology evolves, artificial realities will be increasingly indistinguishable from our consensual
‘default’ reality; the one we have been born into. Metawar is the battle for control of your mind and your
reality. And it scares the hell out of everyone who hears the metawar thesis.
Metawar focuses on manipulation and control of the highly malleable, imperfect probabilistic nature of
human sensory systems and the brain. To Schwartau, living carbon-based systems are incredibly similar to
silicon networks; e.g., they can both be programmed. But notably, humans, including children as young as
12-18 months, are easily programmed by and addicted to the technological opioids capriciously distributed
across the current internet.
As we merge these two networks in the metaverse with enabling technologies like AI, discerning what is
‘real’ will be increasingly difficult. Our ‘beliefs’ and sense of reality are determined by two things: the inputs
to our sensory organs and the internal sum of our current beliefs, biases, experiences, and memories. Our
brain is a time-based prediction engine. “If I can design, manage, and deliver carefully orchestrated
metacontent to anyone, I own their minds.” Schwartau disturbingly shows us how.
Metawar has a 100% foundation in recognized and emerging science and technologies, and asks some
tough, uncomfortable questions:
– Should reality-distorting technologies be regulated?
– Are social policies needed to manage opioid-like technology addiction?
– What about metamurder, metarape, and sexual abuse in the evolving metaverse? It’s already
– How do help kids and adults develop strong critical thinking skills?
– Can any shred of privacy be maintained, or is it gone, forever?
– Should national policies and international agreements be considered?
More than 35 years ago, we were explicitly warned about the internet and we were dismissed. Schwartau was
not alone. We were warned about the dangers of the emerging internet. The deadly three leadership skills,
apathy, arrogance, and ignorance led us astray while Schwartau’s comprehensive predictions continued to
play out year after year. Will business expediency and profits continue to dominate, or can we trust Big Tech
to do it right time? We have a well-documented history of the warnings. Now we see where we have sadly
Will we consciously choose to allow the commercialization and commoditization of reality-distorting, mindaltering
technologies? Will we choose, by the abdication of leadership, to addict billions of people to more
Or, will we choose to just give up?
This is Metawar