The world of technology is gloomy. The metaverse, a shared virtual platform, is even gloomier. Obituaries have turned up in the past few weeks (‘RIP Metaverse’: Insider; ‘Wasteland’: New York magazine; ‘meh-taverse’: Wall Street Journal). Sales of VR/AR (virtual reality/augmented reality) headsets are dropping. Global shipments of VR/AR devices dropped to 8.8 million units in 2022, down 21%, according to the International Data Corporation. Companies such as Microsoft, Disney and Walmart have reversed their bets on metaverse, leading to job losses.