The inventor of the PlayStation says that creating a meta-version makes no sense

PlayStation creator and former head of Sony’s gaming division Ken Kutarag is not a fan of meta-transformation through its formation. For him there is the dividing potential of moving the real world into the virtual.

In an interview with Bloomberg, the Japanese engineer said that he “sees no purpose”, ie does not see the point in transforming the physically existing world into a “pure” virtual version.

“Would you rather be your wax avatar than your head? It’s no different from the mechanics of anonymous internet forums,” said Kutaragi, who advocates a different way of dealing with technology: holograms.

The PlayStation developer is currently the CEO of Tokyo-based Ascent Robotics. It is an artificial intelligence startup that has just raised $ 1 billion (Rs 38.3 million) in funding from Sony itself and the Japanese group SBI Holdings.

Similar but different

The technology that Ascent is developing has a similar purpose to meta-transformation, but not the same. Kutarag describes the work as “his life mission”: to connect to the real world through cyberspace, including without the use of intermediaries.

The idea is to have objects in the real world read virtually by Ascent robotic systems that can reproduce them in the form of holograms.

In this way, the engineer intends to create more versatile robots that can perform multiple tasks and produce more than one product. Ascent’s target audience is users in the field of logistics and retail, which cover many objects, and who can use robots to perform the most tedious tasks.

According to the interview, Kutaragi envisions a revolution, in particular in e-commerce, by displaying real products as a hologram, changing the online shopping experience, based today only on photos and videos of goods.

“Headphones are very annoying”

Major technology companies such as Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Group, Apple, and the PlayStation itself, co-created by Kutarag, are developing immersive devices to study meta-versus.

In general, these devices are “headphones”, virtual reality glasses. But Ken Kutarag is against using this type of device.

“Headphones are isolating you from the real world, and I can not agree with that,” he told the report. “Headphones are very annoying.”

Therefore, the engineer argues that his startup is going in the opposite direction. “Today’s robots do not have the software and sensors that equate humans to real-life, and our short-term goal is to offer a solution,” he said.

It requires him to teach robots to create “different things and not countless units of the same thing”, which means to deepen their understanding.

With Ascent’s hologram technology, it also allows people to reproduce remote encounters as if they were in person – without the need for a meta-switch and headphones.

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