A Colombian court convened a hearing on the Metaverse in a novel experiment. This is the first of its type in the country, paving the door for more social interactions to take place in Web3 venues. The trial, which took place on February 15, pitted a regional transportation union against the police. It was presided upon by Magistrate María Quinones Triana of the Madalena Administrative Court.
The two-hour traffic dispute hearing felt more “genuine than a video conversation,” according to the magistrate. The case will now proceed “partially” in the metaverse, and the judgement will most likely be rendered there as well.
Quinones’ avatar was clad in black legal robes and appeared as an avatar in a virtual courtroom. Later, she would characterize the experience to media as “wonderful,” before stressing one advantage of having avatars represent you in the Metaverse.
“Many people turn off their cameras, you have no idea what they’re doing.”
Further Metaverse Trials May Be Held
After the success of this experiment, Quiones feels that similar hearings might be held in the future.“This is an academic experiment to show that there it’s possible… but where everyone consents to it, (my court) can continue to do things in the metaverse.”
The trial is one of the first held in the Metaverse, with Colombia setting the standard. That follows a previous study in which 69% of respondents predicted the Metaverse will alter social habits. This is because new ways to entertainment and other activities have emerged.
Several scientists believe that the Metaverse will be completely envisioned and constructed within the next ten years. This attitude is shared by Cathy Hackl, author of Entering the Metaverse: The Essential Guide to the Commercial Possibilities of the Web3 Age. She stated in an interview that the “physical world side” of the Metaverse is projected to manifest “in the next 10 years.“
“And this will greatly impact how we socialize.”
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