Check out the latest from the Agora“Does the rise of the metaverse mean the decline of cities?” by Max Hayward.

Neighbourhoods depend on people looking out for each other, but the growth of virtual worlds threatens to undermine public oversight of real spaces – Max K. Hayward [Illustration by Hiroshi Watanabe/ Getty Images]

Max Khan Hayward is a lecturer in ethics and political philosophy at the University of Sheffield.

This article is part of the Agora series, a collaboration between the New Statesman and Aaron James Wendland. Wendland is Vision Fellow in Public Philosophy at King’s College, London and a Senior Research Fellow at Massey College, Toronto. He tweets @aj_wendland.