The core topics of the Metaverse Europe Foundation
We work with internationally renowned experts on the core topics of the Metaverse Europe Foundation.
Our core topics are “Protection of identities”, “Intellectual self-control”, “Legally secure space”, “European values”, “Ownership of data”, “Positive future images”, “European sovereignty”, “Digital ownership”, “Decentralization”, “Human 1.0 in Web 4.0”.
On the core topic of mental self-control with Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger
Foundation Metaverse Europe Position Paper on Metaverse and Mental Self-Regulation by Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger
Prof. Dr. Thomas Metzinger has been working as a philosopher at the interface between philosophy of mind and cognitive neuroscience for many years; he is also concerned with the ethical, anthropological, and sociocultural consequences of advances in neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
Prof. Dr. Metzinger (born 1958) studied philosophy, religious studies and ethnology in Frankfurt am Main, where he received his doctorate in 1985 with a thesis on the recent discussion of the body-soul problem. In 1992 he habilitated at the Center for Philosophy and Foundations of Science at the University of Giessen, and in 1998 he spent a year at the University of California in San Diego, from where he was appointed to a professorship in Philosophy of Cognition (C3) at the University of Osnabrück in 1999. Only half a year later he changed to a professorship for theoretical philosophy with emphasis on the 19. and/or 20th century (C4) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, where he held a senior research professorship from 2019 to 2022.
On the core topic of protecting identities with Dr. Louis Rosenberg
Foundation Metaverse Europe Position Paper on Identity Protection by Louis Rosenberg, PhD
Dr. Louis Rosenberg is an early pioneer of virtual and augmented reality. He earned his PhD from Stanford University and has published over 100 academic papers. A prolific inventor, Rosenberg has been awarded over 300 patents for his innovations in the fields of VR, AR, and AI.
Rosenberg’s career began over 30 years ago in VR labs at Stanford and NASA where he worked on early vision systems and haptic interfaces. In 1992 Rosenberg invented the first Mixed Reality system at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Called the Virtual Fixtures platform, the pioneering system enabled users to interact with real and virtual objects for the first time. In 1993 Rosenberg then founded the early VR company Immersion Corporation which pioneered a wide range of technologies, including the first VR medical simulators for training surgeons. At Immersion, Rosenberg also invented the first haptic mouse and haptic user interface.
He brought Immersion public on NASDAQ in 1999 and it remains a public company today. In 1996 Rosenberg founded Microscribe, a 3D-graphics company specializing in rapid 3D digitization of physical objects. Microscribe products have been used extensively by 3D filmmakers, game developers, and virtual world builders. The Microscribe was used to create many well-known feature films including Shrek, Ice Age, A Bug’s Life, and Starship Troopers. In 2004 he founded the early AR company Outland Research which pioneered geospatial media technologies which was acquired by Google in 2011. In 2014, Rosenberg founded Unanimous AI, an AI company that amplifies the intelligence of networked human groups in shared environments, including in virtual worlds. Rosenberg is also the Chief Scientist of the Responsible Metaverse Alliance, the Global Technology Advisor to the XR Safety Initiative, a metaverse technology advisor to the Future of Marketing Institute, and an expert technology advisor to the XR30 Policy Fund. In addition, Rosenberg writes often about technology for VentureBeat, Big Think, and other publications around the world.
On the core topic of positive images of the future with Dr. Isabella Hermann
Foundation Metaverse Europe Position Paper on Positive Futures from the Metaverse by Dr. Isabella Hermann
Isabella Hermann is an independent analyst and speaker in the area of science fiction. For her, the fascination of the genre lies in the fact that it connects our modern, technified world with our primeval hopes and fears as well as with current social trends. In this way, science fiction serves as a mirror of our present and a metaphor for the future.
As a political scientist holding a doctorate in International Relations, she explores in particular the question of how the genre reflects new technologies, socio-political value systems and global politics. Topics here include climate change and the Anthropocene as well as space travel and Mars colonization – and above all digitalisation, artificial intelligence and virtual worlds.
Isabella Hermann is also Artistic Director of the Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest. ost recently, she worked as scientific coordinator of an interdisciplinary research project on AI and human responsibility at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and as programme director of the Present Futures Forum at the Technical University Berlin. She has been a member of the board of the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin since December 2021.
On the core topic of European sovereignty with Martin C. Wolff
Foundation Metaverse Europe Position Paper on Metaverse and European Sovereignty by Dr. phil. Martin C. Wolff
Dr. phil. Martin C. Wolff works as an entrepreneur and scientist in Berlin. Since 2016, he has been teaching at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and at Beuth Hochschule für Technik on philosophy, digital economy and ethics in the digital age. He publishes in economic and scientific publishing houses.
He completed his studies of various humanities and social sciences, business administration and law in Berlin, Hagen and Freiburg with a master’s degree. After training as a communication trainer and martial arts training, he trained police and law enforcement officers in communication, de-escalation and mission-related self-defense at the Berlin Academy of Administration from 2004-2014. With his dissertation “Seriousness and Decision” he developed a basic philosophical theory of conflict. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in supervision and pastoral psychology.
He has been on the CNSS board since 2016 and its chairman since 2019, as well as the director of the International Clausewitz Center (ICZ) at the German Armed Forces Command and Staff College since 2021.
On the core topic of digital ownership with Lennart Blödorn
Foundation Metaverse Europe Position Paper on Metaverse and Web3 by Lennart Blödorn
Lennart already had a soft spot for mobile apps during his school days. First as a user, later as a developer himself, and much later as co-founder of a development company for mobile app solutions. As a graduate in business administration, his home is the start-up scene. In 2019, he traded the web2 for the web3 world, where he has since been working on his own projects related to blockchain, NFTs, and metaverse. In addition to the use of NFTs as digital collectibles as well as the tokenization of tangible assets, Lennart deals with different business models in the industry and publishes around the topic of web3 and Metaverse.