Actress Reese Witherspoon sparked some wisecracking online after she shared a prediction of what the real-life metaverse could look like and what having a “parallel digital identity” might mean for people who exist there.
According to the “Legally Blonde” star, “every person” would exist digitally and would purchase “digital goods” through cryptocurrency – and this would be the new “norm” for the future.
“In the (near) future, every person will have a parallel digital identity,” she tweeted. “Avatars, crypto wallets, digital goods will be the norm. Are you planning for this?”
In the (near) future, every person will have a parallel digital identity. Avatars, crypto wallets, digital goods will be the norm. Are you planning for this?
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) January 11, 2022
Witherspoon’s tweet about people existing primarily in a digital environment immediately drew comparisons to massively multiplayer online video games and the “Matrix” franchise, Mediaite reported.
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“This sounds like the text version of the Matt Damon ad,” Al Jazeera reporter Sana Saeed tweeted in response, referencing Damon’s appearances in Crypto.com advertisements.
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The metaverse, which is being spearheaded by Facebook’s parent company, Meta, Amazon, and others, is often compared to the “Matrix” or the 2018 science-fiction action film “Ready Player One.”