Investigating the ‘Anti-Metaverse’ Explosion in a University VR Lab • The Record

A plastic carrying case appears to have exploded on the Northeastern University campus in Boston on Tuesday night, injuring a staff member, in what may be a protest against virtual reality — or just a hoax.

Despite the response of the American City Bomb Squad, other emergency services and law enforcement, the box did not contain a bomb.

according to CBS NewsThe package – a hard Pelican bag used to safely transport sensitive equipment – “was under pressure” and had “no gunpowder or explosives in it”.

The pressure on the contents of the unidentified case was reduced – in an uninitiated manner – when a university employee opened the case at Holmes Hall.

Northeastern University said the employee sustained minor injuries while being treated at a local hospital. a permit. No students were injured.

While NBC10 Boston The news organization said investigators are exploring the possibility that the incident was a hoax, and the news organization also described the case as deliberately “manipulated” to remove pressure when it opened.

NPR is also Reports That investigators are trying to determine whether the accident was staged or not and that the employee who reported the explosion committed all or part of the blast.

Unabomber v.2.0?

According to CNNThe package “contained a confused note criticizing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the relationship between academic institutions and virtual reality developers.”

Holmes Hole, where the explosion occurred, is home to Northeastern University’s Immersive Media Lab and Northeastern University Virtual Reality (NUVRStudent Club.

The memo has not been released to the public, but reports describe it as a statement critical of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the metaverse and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The memo, which was said to conflict with the academic development of virtual reality, reportedly calls for a halt to virtual reality research.

NBC10 Boston said the noteContaining grammatical issues, misspellings, and copious exclamation points, virtual reality has been described as a government operation.

Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The internet giant formerly known as Facebook adopted the name Meta last year. In addition to the brand’s benefit of distancing himself from Facebook’s privacy issues — dangerous enough to flood the Libra coin venture-turned-deem — he did so to indicate his commitment to developing and investing in the metaverse, a dystopian term left out of the sci-fi novel Snowcrash that The company shines as “a collection of digital spaces for socializing, learning, playing and more.”

Meta aspires to be the gatekeeper, advertising provider, and fee collector for these digital environments, visited through Meta headphones and accessories including vibrating gloves. take blew 10 billion dollars To develop virtual world technology just last year, Zuck Corp is unlikely to throw in the towel due to a frantic threat of exclamation.

On Wednesday morning, university officials issued a statement reassuring students and staff that the campus is safe and that classes will be held as usual. The investigation into the incident at Northeastern University continues at the local, state and federal levels.

Max Abrahams, Associate Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and an expert on terrorism, He told NBC News: That the incident has some similarities with Unabomberwho sent 16 bombs to universities, killing three people, between 1978 and 1996.

The US government’s decision to publish the anti-tech Unabomber manifesto in 1995 led to the arrest of Theodore Kaczynski, after his brother learned of the script’s style and contacted the FBI. ®

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