How AI, Metaverses, Crypto, and Cyber will Upend the 21st Century

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How AI, Metaverses, Crypto, and Cyber will Upend the 21st Century

9781035301553 Edward Elgar Publishing
Jon M. Garon, Professor of Law and Director, Goodwin Program for Society, Technology, and the Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Publication Date: August 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03530 155 3 Extent: c 258 pp
This book explores the metamorphosis of fundamental social interactions and communal experiences, fuelled by technologies such as artificial intelligence, immersive online environments, augmented reality, blockchain, crypto and FinTech. It examines the competitors, regulators and governments who are locked in a struggle to control the economic and social future shaped by these technologies.

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This book explores the metamorphosis of fundamental social interactions and communal experiences, fuelled by technologies such as artificial intelligence, immersive online environments, augmented reality, blockchain, crypto and FinTech. It examines the competitors, regulators and governments who are locked in a struggle to control the economic and social future shaped by these technologies.

Jon M. Garon tracks the evolution of the internet, video games, AI and emerging technologies as they converge into the transformative communications and commercial platform now known as the metaverse. He explains how each transformation in media influences and reshapes culture, and proposes ways in which metaverse platforms could operate in the public sphere. The book also discusses the efforts of governments across China, Europe and the United States to regulate the multinational companies responsible for these technologies, as well as comparing the conflicting views among states on what the metaverse should be.

Providing practical guidance on the adoption of regulations in employment and educational settings, this book is essential reading for students, scholars and practitioners of antitrust and competition law, cyberspace law, finance and banking law, internet studies, and regulation and governance.
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‘Jon Garon has written a vitally important book about how new technology – artificial intelligence, crypto currency, the metaverse – will radically alter our world. It is hard to appreciate change when in the midst of it, but Garon writes so clearly and powerfully about how our society will be transformed. This “must read” book is both chilling in describing what we face and hopeful about what we can do.’
– Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Berkeley, US

‘A fascinating exploration and vision of how the metaverse and AI will become the new grounds – including battlegrounds – for human play, work, and global competition. This engaging and insightful book will help us insist and engage in building the metaverse as a more inclusive, diverse, and democratic environment.’
– Orly Lobel, University of San Diego, US

‘Jon Garon’s prescience and insight will finally help us understand the world being created by our connected tech. Weaving together the threads of digital advances – from AI to the metaverse to cryptocurrencies – this book explains how your home, workplace, school, politics and religion are being changed forever.’
– Ted Claypoole, Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, US
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