Greg Daniels anticipates our life in the metaverse with the series “Upload”

Javier Romualdo Los Angeles (USA), March 11 Greg Daniels, creator of television phenomena such as “Parks and Recreation” and “The Office”, never imagined that he would anticipate the future with “Upload”, a series premiered in 2020 on the that it is possible to live in a digital environment by “uploading” the human subconscious. “I thought we were spending too much time on screens and I imagined a person who could live his entire existence in a virtual world. Now I feel like Charlie Chaplin in ‘Modern Times,'” Daniels acknowledges in an interview with Efe. Two years later, the second season of Upload – which premieres this week on Amazon Prime – has less science fiction and many, perhaps too many, parallels with the “metaverse” that technology companies design. The series started when its protagonist, played by Robbie Amell, suffers a traffic accident in 2023 (due to autonomous driving) and his millionaire girlfriend (Allegra Edwards) uploaded her subconscious to a virtual platform in order to continue leading a life ” normal” as a couple. But that “post-death” life, in a digitally advanced world, is full of problems: there are advertisements, there are annoying “cookies”, the system fails and economic charges appear that awaken “class consciousness” in paradise itself. “In writing the show I was reacting to the fact that it seems like six big tech companies run the world and we’re increasingly unable to choose things,” Daniels analyzes. “And that is only now, because when Facebook controls the virtual world, everything will be their private property and we will have to go to Facebook domains to see our friends,” he completes. HUMOR, SCIENCE-FICTION AND A CRITIQUE OF INTERNET CAPITALISM Daniels’s predictions, more than ominous, sound like a description of the immediate future. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, surprised a few months ago by announcing plans for his empire: his company was renamed Meta with the aim of creating a completely immersive virtual platform in which it will be possible to lead a digital life. They call it “internet 3.0”. and Zuckerberg has already offered an appetizer of it by appearing with virtual reality glasses, turned into an avatar that walks through his digital house and meets with friends without the need to chat or use the webcam. “There’s a lot of crazy correspondences,” says Daniels. Most surprising: The virtual world he envisioned for his series was run by “Horizen,” and Zuckerberg’s virtual platform is nicknamed “Horizon.” Although Daniels defends that his idea came in the 2000s, when the transition from analog to digital, from tapes to mp3, was beginning, and he asked himself: “What would be the last thing that could be digitized?”. Well, the human mind. In that “post-death” world of “Upload”, funeral services in the “cloud” are offered by companies called “Horizen” or “AT&T&T”, which emulate US technology operators and offer contracts with different paradises in those who live forever, according to the conditions of your budget. Although here below, in the digital present, the “public space” is also exhausted. “You used to go to the café or the square to interact with people and now you will do it on private property where everything is registered. It’s rare, very rare,” he considers. “IT IS NOT A DYSTOPIA NOR A UTOPIA” Far from the serious tone of other science fiction products, Daniels takes the opportunity to make a satire as he did before with the vices of local politics in “Parks and Recreation” and the surreal work culture in “The Office” (US version), two prestigious series that praise their creator, nominated 20 times for the Emmy Awards. In the second season, he anticipates, there will be romances between the avatars, who will be able to design their own “babies” thanks to a platform update, which he will also market with their erotic dreams. “The future is here and I’m trying to think about it in good terms because this is not utopia, but it’s not dystopia either,” says Daniels. “Maybe it’s idiotic or silly,” he jokes. EFE romu/pamp/laa (photo)

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Greg Daniels anticipates our life in the metaverse with the series “Upload”