1. Pieces of the metaverse
The metaverse — the virtual dimension the tech world sees as the next big thing — won't have one big grand opening. Instead, it's coming to life in pieces all around us, in research-lab breakthroughs as well as within products available now.
Why it matters: These early glimpses give consumers, activists and legislators a chance to weigh in now on what they like and don't like, shaping the digital future alongside the companies building it.