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On the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, we talk about Crypto, NFTs, the Metaverse and everything inbetween. The internet changed our world once, it's about to change it all over again. Every Wednesday we'll be diving into the virtual world to discover the most exciting, weird and game-changing projects that are coming out of this space. This is the future, see you in the Metaverse.

Welcome to the Metaverse MetaverseLuke

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    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

On the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, we talk about Crypto, NFTs, the Metaverse and everything inbetween. The internet changed our world once, it's about to change it all over again. Every Wednesday we'll be diving into the virtual world to discover the most exciting, weird and game-changing projects that are coming out of this space. This is the future, see you in the Metaverse.

    The Metaverse News You Need to Know in 20 Minutes - OpenSea NFT Platform Has A Major Rival, Justin Blau's Royal Takes On The Music Industry, Maisie Williams Fronts Digital Fashion Line & More

    The Metaverse News You Need to Know in 20 Minutes - OpenSea NFT Platform Has A Major Rival, Justin Blau's Royal Takes On The Music Industry, Maisie Williams Fronts Digital Fashion Line & More

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, I bring you the metaverse news that you need to know in under 20 minutes. The NFT and metaverse space moves at lightening speed and it's sometimes hard to keep up, so this episode will bring you up to speed with the major headlines quickly.

    We cover OpenSea (the dominant NFT trading platform that did almost $20 billion of volume last year) and their major new rival 'Looks Rare' plus the free airdrop to incentivise users to come across to their platform, Electronic DJ, producer and crypto OG Justin Blau taking on the music industry, Maisie Williams fronting a digital fashion line and more.

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    This podcast is sponsored by the awesome Republic Realm who are a leader in metaverse innovation, investment, and NFTs. They are among the largest owners of digital real estate NFTs in Decentraland, The Sandbox and Axie Infinity to name just a few.

    They’re also the creators of the Fantasy Islands metaverse NFT project, the ultra-luxury metaverse destination and community in The Sandbox and beyond.

    You can find out more about what they are up to at republicrealm.com, join their substack newsletter with updates about the wider metaverse here realmroundup.substack.com and follow on twitter https://www.twitter.com/joinrepublic_RE and discord here discord.gg/ntSaG8b9sW

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    My links :

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/metaverseluke

    Email : metaversepod@gmail.com

    To join my weekly NFT drops and metaverse newsletter, head to metaverseluke.substack.com

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    Republic Realm's Links

    Twitter : https://www.twitter.com/joinrepublic_RE

    Discord : discord.gg/ntSaG8b9sW

    Substack : realmroundup.substack.com

    Website https://www.republicrealm.com

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    Links from this episode : 

    Looks Rare Platform : https://looksrare.org/

    Justin Blau's Royal Platform : https://twitter.com/join_royal / https://royal.io/

    Playstation's VR 2 Headset : https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/playstation-vr-2-release-date-price-news-and-rumors

    H&M / Maisie Williams Digital Fashion : https://www.stylist.co.uk/fashion/hm-digital-fashion-collection-maisie-williams/609353

    • 21 min
    What the Future of Immersive Content & Entertainment Looks Like In The Metaverse with Jordan Lejuwaan

    What the Future of Immersive Content & Entertainment Looks Like In The Metaverse with Jordan Lejuwaan

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, I chat to Jordan Lejuwaan - who has founded a series of incredibly unique and highly successful businesses, covering everything from psychedelics to immersive virtual reality art experiences - he’s someone knows how to launch an idea, raise money, execute on that and make it successful.

    The most recent venture that he’s involved in is called the Internet Game - an interactive gameshow hosted by a virtual influencer with 10M followers, where if you survive the series of games, you can win a Bored Ape amongst other massive NFT prizes.

    I reached out and asked if he’d come and chat to us on the podcast about everything he’s worked on but also about what the future of content might look like in the metaverse, as we embark on this new immersive future of the internet.

    Jordan was brilliant in this chat, a super smart and lovely guy who also at the end of the episode, shares some of the best advice I’ve heard for how to get involved in this space if you want to do that but aren’t sure quite how. Thank you Jordan for coming on.

    As always nothing in podcast is financial or investment advice, always do your own research.

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    Jordan Lejuwaan's links :

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/jlejuwaan

    Website : https://lejuwaan.com/

    The Internet Game

    Website : internet.game

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/internet__game

    Discord : https://discord.gg/internet-game

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    My links :

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/metaverseluke

    Email : metaversepod@gmail.com

    To join my weekly NFT drops and metaverse newsletter, head to metaverseluke.substack.com

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    Links from the chat :

    Kwebbelkop (Youtuber) tweet thread handing over channel to a virtual youtuber : https://twitter.com/kwebbelkop/status/1472279725544554496?s=21

    Daemon Book : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daemon-Daniel-Suarez/dp/1847249612

    Sensorium Galaxy : https://sensoriumgalaxy.com/

    • 37 min
    The Power of Video Games and Why They are Fundamental to the Future of the Metaverse with Alexander Fernandez - CEO of Streamline Media Group

    The Power of Video Games and Why They are Fundamental to the Future of the Metaverse with Alexander Fernandez - CEO of Streamline Media Group

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, I chat to Alexander Fernandez - CEO and Co-Founder of Streamline Media Group - who have been making video games for the past 20 years - including some of the biggest titles in the world like Gears of War, Unreal Tournament and Final Fantasy XV. They are now heavily involved in building out the future of the metaverse.

    Last year they also worked on the hugely successful Balenciaga 2021 Fall campaign, which was essentially an entire video game to showcase the brand's digital fashion range. We talk about this, other major projects they have worked on, talk more about gamification and what he thinks 2022 looks like for the metaverse.

    As he quite rightly says the future of the metaverse is going to be built by people who build video games, so to hear someone with this much experience talk about where this is all going was pretty epic and super valuable.

    We also cover what some of most sought after skills are going to be in the metaverse and some major opportunities over the next few months, plus what to do if you want to get involved in this space but are still trying to find your way.

    Alexander is definitely one of the smartest minds in this space and there is some absolute gold in this episode, so I know you’re gonna enjoy this one.

    As always nothing in podcast is financial or investment advice, always do your own research.

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    This episode is sponsored by the brilliant Republic Realm who are a leader in metaverse innovation, investment, and NFTs. Registration is now open for the Republic Realm Academy (early bird pricing plus an extra 15% off with the code 'metaverseluke') - a good time to check it out at https://www.republicrealm.com/realm-academy

    The Republic Realm Academy, a series of online courses about the metaverse and NFTs, which will be taught by educators from some of the most prestigious universities in the world alongside top industry professionals in web 3.0 technologies.

    Renowned metaverse expert Cathy Hackl is the dean of Republic Realm Academy.

    To keep up with their latest updates head to their twitter here : https://www.twitter.com/joinrepublic_RE, Discord : discord.gg/ntSaG8b9sW & Substack : realmroundup.substack.com

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    My links :

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/metaverseluke

    Email : metaversepod@gmail.com

    To join my weekly NFT drops and metaverse newsletter, head to metaverseluke.substack.com

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    Alexander's Links :

    Alexander's Twitter : https://twitter.com/starveup

    Streamline Media Group : https://www.streamline-mediagroup.com/

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    In this episode we talk about :

    - Alexander's background and Streamline Media Group's epic roster of AAA video games from the last 20 years

    - How the rest of the world is waking up to the power of video games and why they are essential to the metaverse

    - The hugely successful but very early Balenciaga Fall 2021 campaign as an immersive video game

    - Unreal Engine and how it is rapidly improving the workflow of creating immersive content - how the BBC are using Unreal Engine for live sport shows

    - How Unreal Engine and Unity are the powerhouses of the future and why every content creator will eventually use them

    - The compounding knowledge of the internet fuelling the rapid expansion and development of the metaverse

    - How technology repeatedly advances and how that is natural

    - What Alexander would say to brands/individuals who are still unsure of the future of this space

    • 38 min
    What Does the Future Hold for the Metaverse and the Role of Big Tech? with CEO of L'Atelier - John Egan

    What Does the Future Hold for the Metaverse and the Role of Big Tech? with CEO of L'Atelier - John Egan

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, I chat to John Egan - CEO of L'Atelier - who for the last 40 years have been writing and putting out reports about big technological changes that impact society and change the world. The metaverse being the latest of those massive trends that is beginning to do the same.

    It was brilliant to have John on the show. He is super smart and in this episode we discuss the future of the metaverse at quite a deep level plus where big tech and social media companies fit in to the picture.

    We end the chat with some great advice about how to get involved in this space yourself. There's loads of value in this episode, so I really hope you enjoy it!

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    This episode is sponsored by the brilliant Republic Realm who are a leader in metaverse innovation, investment, and NFTs. Registration is now open for the Republic Realm Academy (early bird pricing plus an extra 15% off with the code 'metaverseluke') - a good time to check it out at https://www.republicrealm.com/realm-academy

    The Republic Realm Academy, a series of online courses about the metaverse and NFTs, which will be taught by educators from some of the most prestigious universities in the world alongside top industry professionals in web 3.0 technologies.

    Renowned metaverse expert Cathy Hackl is the dean of Republic Realm Academy.

    To keep up with their latest updates head to their twitter here : https://www.twitter.com/joinrepublic_RE, Discord : discord.gg/ntSaG8b9sW & Substack : realmroundup.substack.com

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    My links :

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/metaverseluke

    Email : metaversepod@gmail.com

    To join my weekly NFT drops and metaverse newsletter, head to metaverseluke.substack.com

    As always nothing in podcast is financial or investment advice, always do your own research and with that said, let’s get into this week’s episode.

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    • 44 min
    All the Technical Questions About NFTs You Wish You Could Ask - How do blockchains, smart contracts and NFTs actually work? with George aka Fatlion

    All the Technical Questions About NFTs You Wish You Could Ask - How do blockchains, smart contracts and NFTs actually work? with George aka Fatlion

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, I chat to George aka Fatlion (an awesome blockchain developer) about how blockchains, smart contracts and NFTs actually work. 

    George is the developer on the super successful project Wavelength by Kaleb Johnston - an awesome art series, which recently shot to number 3 of most volume traded on OpenSea doing 1400 ETH (approx $6 million). In this episode we break down the technicals in a way that is easy to understand.

    The aim was for this episode to be one that you can learn from if you’re new to the space, come back to as a refresher if you’ve been here a while or send to a friend who’s just getting into this world. I think whatever level you’re at, you’ll definitely learn something from this episode.

    George is brilliant at explaining these concepts simply so it was great to have him on.

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    If you'd like to keep up with the NFT drops that I am watching closely, head over to metaverseluke.substack.com where you'll find the regular newsletter.

    Do reach out and say hello too!

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/metaverseluke

    Email : metaversepod@gmail.com

    NFT Drops Newsletter : metaverseluke.substack.com

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    George aka Fatlion's Links

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/georgefatlion

    Wavelength by Kaleb Johnston :https://opensea.io/collection/wavelengthbykalebjohnston

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    In this episode we talk about :

    - George's history as a robotics developer, blockchain developer and role at UCL London

    - The success of George's most recent project he worked on - Wavelength by Kaleb Johnston

    - Some of the reasons why it's useful to have a basic technical understanding even as a collector in the space

    - What actually is a blockchain, what does it do and why is it such an amazing piece of technology?

    - What is a smart contract and what does it do?

    - What actually happens when you mint an NFT or buy one on secondary?

    - The transfer of ownership on blockchain

    - What is the technical difference between a fungible and non-fungible token?

    - What people mean when they talk about a project that is 'on-chain' and the various ways that projects address the problem of permanence? 

    - What is gas and what are gas fees? How and why do they fluctuate?

    - A word on security and an explanation on hot wallets and cold storage with hardware wallets

    • 41 min
    The Role of Artificial Intelligence In The Future of The Metaverse with Nathan Phillips

    The Role of Artificial Intelligence In The Future of The Metaverse with Nathan Phillips

    On this episode of the Welcome to the Metaverse podcast, I chat to Nathan Phillips about artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in the future of the metaverse. If you've ever wondered what artificial intelligence really is, how it works, how advanced it is and what role it plays in the future of our digital world, this episode is for you.

    Nathan is the Co-founder and Director of Concept Design at a company called THAT, which stands for Technology, Humans and Taste. They are a creative company who have made everything from Superbowl Commercials, to augmented reality and full immersive experiences such as the Van Gogh Experience you might be familiar with. They also build and utilise artificial intelligences in various creative and amazing ways. A super unique and interesting company with an awesome slate of work. Nathan also happens to be a best selling author and Emmy winner!

    Nathan explains what is happening in this space brilliantly, how it all connects with the metaverse and the immersive experiences that are coming as we trend towards this new digital world. This conversation was fascinating and really opened my mind, so I hope you enjoy it!

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    If you'd like to keep up with the NFT drops that I am watching closely, head over to metaverseluke.substack.com where you'll find the regular newsletter.

    Do reach out and say hello too!

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/metaverseluke

    Email : metaverseluke@gmail.com

    NFT Drops Newsletter : metaverseluke.substack.com

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    Nathan's Links

    Twitter : https://twitter.com/Nathanphillips

    THAT (Technology, Humans and Taste) Website : https://technologyhumansandtaste.com/

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    Other Links Mentioned

    The newspaper article written by GPT-3 - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/08/robot-wrote-this-article-gpt-3

    Promethian AI 3D Space Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ZTnPsO-m0

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    In this episode we talk about :

    - Nathan's role at THAT and the incredible variety of work that he has been apart of

    - An explanation of what AI actually is and the different ways we experience it in day to day life, from social media algorithms to more powerful machine learning

    - What AI can and can't do compared and our relationship to it as humans

    - How machines learn and some of the pitfalls they can fall into, sometimes producing concerning results

    - An explanation about GPT-3 - a very sophisticated language artificial intelligence system that can write full articles and processes language

    - Focussing on AI and the metaverse as software - how social media and Netflix recommendations work

    - How in many cases, AI is actually teaching us to be less creative and more similar to each other

    - The amazing project THAT created with the Vincent Van Gogh experience

    - The crucial components of creating engaging experiences in the metaverse

    - How artificial intelligence should be used to create things that don't already exist, rather than a replica of the physical world

    - Thinking bigger and more creatively about AI and its role in the metaverse 

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

HouBman ,

Enjoying it and learning a lot!!

Thanks to Luke for his detailed research and sharing of information. The podcast solves the problem my brother - who is very few of words and long on action - dropped on me when he suggested I learn about the Metaverse.

carcheric3 ,

Speak faster, faster faster!!!

Make sure none of your listeners can hear or understand a single word!
I like the content, but cant understand when you speak 100 miles an hour

BigCatDiaries ,

Very Engaging

Really enjoy listening to this podcast and listening to the viewpoints of many of the guests. Project announcements and the growth of the metaverse is a lot of fun to listen to.

It would be great to continue to learn more about all the crypto currencies and how they’re integrating into gaming. This podcast focuses a lot on gaming and how it is growing within the metaverse.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to future episodes and the growth of this fantastic podcast!

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