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Adeon Writer

Upload is, unequivocally, not a metaverse.

sirhc desantis

I am very glad you cover this *stuff* else would never have heard of it. And its nice to see 300k branded as Huge compared to what was it - 10 million vomit inducing diving helms being minnow like.
Fab as always, keep up the good work :)

Adeon Writer

Alternatively, if the definition of Metaverse is extended to include what Upland is, the term is inherently meaningless.


love what you doing. This is amazing

Gwyneth Llewelyn

Adeon: it is meaningless.

It would be like calling all kinds of computer devices — from desktops, laptops, smartphones, tablets, to supercomputers — 'metatoys'. Like, you see, those things that people play with? Metatoys. You can throw anything into that classification, and it will stick. A Xbox? A metatoy. Your old 1980s Tamaguchi? Why, obviously a metatoy. Everything is a metatoy, even if you use it to actually work with, or communicate with, whatever.

Anyway, speaking of meaningless things, I always thought that 'non-fungible token' is the sort of thing that sounds 'fintechy' but is also pretty much meaningless as well. Obviously, it is supposed to relate to financial, non-fungible assets — something which a financier is likely to understand. But an NFT is technically not the token (whatever it might be) but rather the contract that comes with it. In other words, what gets transacted on a crypto-exchange is not really the item but rather the contract — the item, by itself, is theoretically irrelevant. Or, if put in another way: who cares if you have a billion perfectly identical copies of one silly bitmap, so long as you have a sequence of random characters (which are utterly devoid of meaning and lack any patterns) that proves you own one of them? That proof (and not the item) is what is valued and transacted...

Well, speculators are used to invest in virtual goods of many sorts. The venerable old futures are just a bet made about the future price of an item; who wins the bet gets to keep all the money in the pool. That's the kind of thing that economists, bankers, Wall Street yahoos, and academics tell us that are supposed to be 'worth' something.

Compared to that, at least one can read out the long sequence of random characters 'inside' a NFT and recite them, just for the fun of it. Or assign each letter/number to a musical note and play a tune. Well, it's not much fun, I guess...



Jun 13, 2019
Uplandme, a "Monopoly"-like property game built on the EOS blockchain, has raised $2 million in seed funding.

May 21, 2020
Upland Enters Strategic Agreement With Tilia
Upland Players Will Be Able To Sell Owned Virtual Properties for Real-World Currency

Blockchain game developer Uplandme, Inc. (“Upland”) and Tilia Inc. (“Tilia”) today announced that they have entered into an agreement to use Tilia Pay to monetize activities in the Upland virtual property trading game. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Linden Research, Inc. (“Linden Lab”), the creator of Second Life, Tilia is a registered money services business and licensed money transmitter
Upland blockchain game will use Linden Lab’s Tilia for virtual property transactions

December 30, 2020
Virtual Property of the famous New York Stock Exchange Sells for US$23,000 in Upland Metaverse Auction

September 3, 2021
Will the metaverse bring the second coming of Second Life?

Nov 2, 2021 at
Animoca Brands Backs Upland’s Real Estate-Based Metaverse With $18M Raise

December 10, 2021
One World Universe Purchases Over 100 Properties Within UPLAND Metaverse Real Estate Trading Game


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