7 Books to Understand the Metaverse, Blockchain, and the Future of the Web

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  • The metaverse, blockchain and Web3 are hotly debated as they dominate the tech discourse.
  • Enthusiasts describe these visions of a new Internet as inevitable, but much remains unclear.
  • Here are seven books to think critically about the latest buzzwords and the future of the web.

From the metaverse to blockchain, Web3, DAO, NFT and the seemingly endless number of cryptocurrencies emerging even in the midst of a crypto crash, it feels like some particularly zealous tech leaders and enthusiasts are trying to uproot the internet from the day to day. That’s enough to make almost anyone’s head spin.

The feeling that the internet needs serious change is certainly widespread, with issues such as data privacy, cybersecurity and the consolidated power of a few tech giants causing growing concern among the masses and governments.

Fans of ideas like Web3 and the Metaverse are convinced that their visions will usher in a better digital world, and they are making big bets, to the tune of billions of dollars. Total investment in the metaverse alone is expected to exceed $1 trillion by the end of the decade, according to CB Insights.

But the Internet is changing rapidly and chaotically. No one can be sure where it will go from here. In fact, no one can even agree on a definition for “the metaverse”. Framing some of these visions as inevitable made it all the more confusing to follow, as well as harder to buy into. (Not to mention the scams – the Federal Trade Commission recently reported that over 46,000 people have lost over $1 billion combined to crypto scams since the start of 2021.)

To help readers think critically about these latest internet buzzwords, the history of the web and its evolution, Insider has compiled a list of books on the subject. They’re as entertaining as they are insightful, and some are real page-turners.

Here are seven books to help you understand Web3, blockchain, the metaverse, and other visions of the internet’s future:

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