Today’s headlines treat the metaverse as a nebulous dream that has yet to be built. But if it is defined as a network of virtual worlds in which we can live, then its oldest corner has been operating for 25 years.

This is a medieval fantasy kingdom created for the online role-playing game Ultima Online.

He was the first to model an entire world: a vast, dynamic realm where players could interact with just about anything, from fruit on trees to books on shelves.

Ultima Online has already survived a quarter of a century of market competition, economic upheaval, and political strife. So what can this game and its players tell us about creating the virtual worlds of the future? Read the story in its entirety.

— John-Clark Levin

How does an EV battery actually work?

The batteries that power electric vehicles have quickly become the most important component and expense for the new generation of cars and trucks.

The vast majority of electric vehicles are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which are also found in smartphones. They can hold high voltage and exceptional charge, making them an efficient, dense energy store.

But while they are expected to remain dominant in electric vehicles for the foreseeable future, battery developers are working on lighter, cheaper and more efficient alternatives. Read the story in its entirety.

— Patrick Sisson

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