“Dont pretend you didnt love it,” the human voices of the attackers jeered through her headset as she ran away, “go rub yourself off to the photo.” The metaverse – the blurrily defined term for the next generation of immersive virtual reality technologies – is still in its infancy. But even with crude graphics and sometimes glitchy gameplay, an experience like this can trigger a deeply rooted panic response. “The fidelity is such that it felt very real,” Patel, who is also co founder of...

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