Metawar: How to co-exist with AI-driven reality distortion, disinformation, and addiction in the metaverse

The metaverse has been evolving since the first oral storytellers stimulated their audiences’ imaginations millennia ago. Orson Welles clearly confirmed the power of immersive storytelling 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.

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 spear tip of the current forms of metawar since 2015.

Metawarriors are developing and mastering metawar techniques to manipulate belief systems, truth, and the subjective reality of people across the planet. These tools will become AI-driven, anyone can use, commodity software.

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 Royal Navy in 1996. 

“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?”

Winn Schwartau

Want to learn more about the metaverse and metawar? Watch some of Winn’s latest presentations and interview about metawar and the threats we will need to mitigate in the future.