“Being in the real world is very important, but the metaverse is about making quasi-real in the virtual world, and I can’t see the point of doing it,” he said. “You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That’s essentially no different from anonymous messageboard sites.”

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Kutagari was also unenthusiastic about VR headsets, dismissing the technology as an annoyance, saying “Headsets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that. Headsets are simply annoying.”

The news comes as fellow tech professional, Evernote founder Phil Libin, also recently criticised the metaverse, saying that the technology reminds him of communist propaganda that he was exposed to during his childhood in the former Soviet Union.

Libin described the metaverse as “a gloss that uncreative people and companies put over fundamentally a lack of good ideas,” in a podcast hosted by tech journalist Eric Newcomer.

“There’s a part of me that hates it and a part of me that fears it, but since I think it’s so spectacularly stupid, there’s actually not that much to fear,” he added.

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