Web3 Virtual City: Putting Our World on Life Support?

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A Web3 virtual city could be a valid preserver of our lives, historic and present.

  • Digital property rights establish and enforce ownership and control over virtual properties.
  • The city would be a canvas and users can design, modify, and share their own content.
  • Virtual cities can also provide users with tools to manage their privacy settings, choose what information to disclose, and control data permissions.

In a previous article, A Web3 Livable Metropolis Meanwhile Lady Liberty Might Drown, we discussed the possibility of a metropolis running on Web3. And while it sounds like a dream come true, its application is rather tricky. Then, the next thing to consider is a Web3 virtual city. Admittedly, the two cities share common traits, like decentralized governance and tokenized economy. They, however, are wildly different. For one, one of them doesn’t exist in the traditional physical world. Obviously. But it goes deeper than that.

Digital Property Rights

Basically, a Web3 virtual city would be no different from the average one where you can buy, own, and rent possessions. So, it requires digital property rights that establish and enforce ownership and control over virtual assets, land, buildings, and intellectual property. And in a truly decentralized fashion, the transactions that accompany property, owning, trading, and transferring, rely on blockchain technology. And why blockchain? Easy, provable ownership records and transparent transaction histories. As a result, creators and users can monetize their creations, incentivizing innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

Speaking of Creators

Creators are the heart of a Web3 Virtual city. They indeed actively participate in and empower the digital ecosystem. How? You might ask. Well in these virtual cities, the world isn’t exactly static. In fact, users can design, modify, and share their own content, be it buildings, landscapes, artwork, games, or immersive experiences. Such user agency level fosters a sense of ownership, creativity, and community engagement. The vibrancy of the pixelated world heavily relies on the users’ unique talents and ideas. As a result, the dynamic spaces are continuously evolving and offering diverse and personalized experiences for their residents.

A Bottomless Well of Data

With the decentralized and transparent nature of blockchain technology, Web3 virtual city residents must have control over their personal data and digital assets. Strong encryption, zero-knowledge proofs, and privacy-enhancing technologies ensure that user information remains confidential and protected. Not to mention the robust security measures in place to safeguard against hacks, fraud, and unauthorized access.

Final Thoughts

Unlike Web3 livable metropolises limited by physics, a Web3 virtual city offers unique opportunities for innovation, creativity, and economic growth. Additionally, these cities are our chance to forever preserve historical sites and endangered places. In fact, the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu has turned to the metaverse as a result of the devastating rising sea levels.

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