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Money in the Metaverse (with Citi’s Ronit Ghose)

April 20, 2022

What is the Metaverse, how are we going to use it, and why could the financial innovations of Web3 and blockchain technology be crucial to its success? Citi’s Ronit Ghoseone of the world’s leading analysts of the influence of technology on financial innovation, returns to the podcast to discuss how money works in the metaverse with Azem Azhar.

Ghose argues that we shouldn’t think of the metaverse replacing our real world with a virtual one, but rather imagine how real and virtual experiences could be combined to create an entirely new experience that will touch every aspect of our lives – from commerce to health, industry and education.

They also discuss:

  • The importance of differentiating between centralized and decentralized metaverse to understand how the experience could be widely adopted.
  • What is “Web 2.5” and why it might allow centralized guardians of the metaverse (e.g. Meta, Apple, Tencent, etc.) to deliver the benefits of blockchain technologies without a confusing user experience.
  • Why business enthusiasm remains, even as consumer interest in the Metaverse has waned.


Other resources:

Metavers and money: deciphering the future (Citi Global Perspective and Solutions, 2022)
Crypto and the Future of Money (Exponential View podcast with Do Kwon, 2022)
Bubbles, Golden Age and Technological Revolutions (Exponential View Podcast with Carlota Perez, 2019)

A transcript of this episode will be available by April 27, 2022.