Bicycle circles in the metaverse, a millennial messianism?

A fascinating perspective of the numerical*, and not least, is the metaverse. For those stuck in the minitel and Chantal Goya era, the explanation is as follows: the term ” metaverse it comes from the contraction of meta and universe.

The Metaverse is a “meta-universe”, or a universe beyond our daily galaxy of CIPAV lawsuits, blockades and Order of Architects webinars.

It is therefore a structured and open virtual world that replaces the real world and that allows all human activities to be carried out outside the usual environment for their practice.

Metaverse – Artist’s impression

Which is no doubt the meaning that the city would then take, its Darwinian evolution and all our previous remarks on the wonderful world of administration. What happens to all this in the metaverse, the most advanced stage of numerica?

If artificial intelligence makes it possible to predict, in the metaverse, the management of the world by algorithms, it is not without evoking the year 2000, for which this management has been for so long an absolute myth that provokes many calls of millennial messianists, and the other, the prophet Philip, uttering hallucinatory words in apocalyptic fashion.

Numericene Metaverse
Philippus the Prophet – Tintin: The Mysterious Star Hergé 1942

End of the world “provoked perhaps less because of” year 2000 bug rather than the trouble caused by the explosive intersection of the future with the present.

For decades, some said the car of the year 2000 to say the car of the future, the buildings of the year 2000 to qualify the futuristic architecture of Buckminster Fuller or Chernikov: all futuristic visions were qualified by the numerology of an era we were reaching.

The present joined the future.

this show” referent from one era to another experiences anecdotal turns when two eras merge to produce a new one:

80 = 50 +30

This October 2022 we are celebrating 80s design at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. It is interesting to remember, with this formula, that the design of the 80s is genetically derived from the intersection of the design of the 50s and that of the 30s.

This hypothesis of the hybridization of the ages combines with the millennial messianism mentioned above to lead to a concept of the absolute present where the past, future and present are mixed in the same virtual universe, without reference point and without the help of administration to time stamped. of receiving dematerialized registered mail.

Since then, the dematerialization trap, the slow melting of the reality of the present as an epoch has suddenly overtaken the future as a myth throughout the metaverse.

It is therefore an ideal world where the metaverse takes place where virtual reality will make it possible to play with the imperfections of the ineptocracy in which we live.

Can we then hope that in the metaverse, the Parisian road engineer responsible for the placement of the bicycle rims (perhaps setting the center lines according to the width of the bicycle usually described in Neufeart) and designating him as a genius who designed the famous trombone » on bikes share their personal thoughts so that we can finally put two bikes between two circles?

The clever Parisian “clip” that prevents two bikes from being placed between the hoops

Francois Scali
Find them all The Chronicles of François Scali

* Read the chronicle Urbanocene, Numericene and pedestrian crossings

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