$400 to scan your home for the Metaverse?

Anyone else get an email about this? It came from one of the MSC's I use semi-regularly. The deal is the client is scanning rooms of homes in certain cities for the metaverse. Says you are required to be home, they will scan 3-4 rooms of your home taking up to 4 hours. Just a couple quick questions to answer once they are finished, and you get paid $400.

Seems like a good deal but of course there are privacy concerns.... they do say you must hide any personally identifiable info (like photos) and the client does not get your personal info. Still, you're having a random person come in and scan your house interior!

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I think you lay out all your inappropriate stuff for them to "scan". Sex toys, drug paraphernalia, weapons, etc. Then you can tell them, this is only the stuff that was "safe to show."
I haven't seen that one yet. Although it sounds like a nice chunk of change, I don't know that I'd want anybody spending that much time scanning every nook and cranny of my home. It sounds like a full blown creep fest of a privacy invasion, and it would be my privacy being invaded. I've had enough work done on the house done in the last year or so to know that a whole lot can be done in that length of time, and all they are doing is scanning stuff with the idea that work might be done later? I'd sure be wanting some kind of guarantee that I could trust anybody on this planet that I let in my house that long.

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Honestly, sounds kind of fun to me, because I kind of pride myself on not having a grown-up's house. I have 33 bookcases, several of which are double-stacked (I use 2x4's for the back row of books so I can see what's there without moving the front row). I have fun, nerdy art and two vintage library card catalogs. In the so-called "dining room area", I have my computer desk with huge monitors that look like I can run Black Ops from my house. Would my 7 cats also be included in the Metaverse?

Is Metaverse the "client," meaning the MSC cannot be named? If it's not the client, is someone willing to share? If it is the client, any hints? I think I work with most of the major MSCs already but haven't heard of this.
Nevuh. There is nothing "inappropriate" here. I like my privacy, and our current arrangement of stuff simply reflects the current version of us. Images of this might break the metaverse...

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If you have a rental property, this is fantastic. Or if you're a real estate agent (or if you know a crooked one). Maybe this could be completely sublet for half. Haha
I guess there is no harm in copy/paste of this since I removed the name of the MSC:

Do you want to be part of the Metaverse? [MSC redacted] is partnering with a well-known company for an exciting and lucrative opportunity. This project will begin in mid-October and extend through mid-December.

Our partner company is looking to gather indoor data of residential homes, apartments, and townhomes in 6 metro areas across the country including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey Metro and Seattle/Redmond. They will be using high tech scanners in at least 4 rooms of your home to create “scenes” for the Metaverse.

You do not need to own your home – rentals are okay! Also, your information will not be shared with the client, and no personal information or photos will be included in the scan.

Complete the brief qualification survey via the link below. If selected, a scheduling coordinator will reach out to you.

The scanning can take 3-4 hours. You will be required to be at home the entire time. Answer 2 short questions with no narrative upon completion of the scan.

It is as simple as that! Earn approximately $100 an hour just for being home! Click the link below to get started.
Since the client isn’t named, any clues on the company?

I 100% will sign up and offer all three of my rentals for this.
I got the email but it went to my Gmail's Promotions folder. It is true that the client has not been named. However, based on the email, the client is most likely Meta (Facebook). I would not feel comfortable naming the MSC, just as I would not name the MSC if the Jumbo Jack or the Whopper were mentioned.

@Capurato wrote:

Since the client isn’t named, any clues on the company?

I 100% will sign up and offer all three of my rentals for this.
They run on a single proprietary platform. They primarily do reimbursement only shops and lots of restaurants.
They run on a single proprietary platform. They primarily do reimbursement only shops and lots of restaurants.
It's a company that uses its own platform and is known for its mostly reimbursement only restaurant shops.
It's an MSC that uses their own proprietary platform and primarily does reimbursement only restaurant shops.
It's an MSC that uses their own proprietary platform and primarily does reimbursement only restaurant shops.
@hbbigdaddy wrote:

I think you lay out all your inappropriate stuff for them to "scan". Sex toys, drug paraphernalia, weapons, etc. Then you can tell them, this is only the stuff that was "safe to show."

Not the corpses?
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I'm old and not sure what this entails. What is used to scan and what are they scanning?. Is it a photo scan, blueprint scan?

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Sounds totally weird to me. I would never allow any strangers in my home to scan for the metaverse or anything else, no matter HOW much they pay!! For the same reason, that's why I won't own a "smart" TV (they spy on you, honestly!) or have a "smart" home where some outside entity can control your thermostat!! I even keep the camera "eye" on my laptop covered over! Sheesh!!

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YES...it is interesting how much we compromise ourselves for convenience or cool technology. The smart TV is definitely one. Now people have alexa/echo in their homes too. However, if you have a smart phone....it is listening to you as well.

I got a quote from TESLA insurance and their rates are supposed to be reasonable. Maybe they are, but they have full access to the data from my TESLA seeing me gun it from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds all the time. Maybe that is the whole point of going electric vehicle. They will be able to control even more.

@guysmom wrote:

Sounds totally weird to me. I would never allow any strangers in my home to scan for the metaverse or anything else, no matter HOW much they pay!! For the same reason, that's why I won't own a "smart" TV (they spy on you, honestly!) or have a "smart" home where some outside entity can control your thermostat!! I even keep the camera "eye" on my laptop covered over! Sheesh!!
@shopnyc wrote:

Do they explain what the metaverse is?
It was not a lot of explanation in the email or in the questionnaire.
Here's a thought. Why not find out what it takes to be the one who is taking the pictures and doing the scanning? Then you can scan your own home for them and get paid from both sides and control the information. The $400 pay is reasonable. I'm wondering what they pay the "scanner" to come and do the work.
From what I can find online, they want the content to use and alter for video games and other virtual reality stuff. That doesn't fly with me though because people post themselves and their surroundings all the time on all sorts of media platforms so why don't they just use those clips? There is not much clear information about the ultimate goal.

We need a techie here. Anyone??

sestrahelena


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Just my take from movies and personal experiences.

Scans are more accurate the higher the resolution is. My belief is that the people that are scanning your home are using high resolution cameras that would see the minutia that a 5-50 mega pixel cell phone camera wouldn't capture.

Think of the movies where they set up a camera on a tripod and it scans the surroundings with lines showing what the camera is scanning.

When high resolution TVs came out, it changed the way the makeup artists for movies worked. Now you could see the blemishes and imperfections on the actors face if they weren't covered up.
It's nothing to do with FB. Metaverse is a next level real estate venture.

@sestrahelena wrote:

Facebook on steriods! Your curtains are green, blue is trending and all of your "friends" have them... BUY NOW!!!

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Remember the game from the early 2000s, "Second Life?"

I agree with sestrehelena and wrosie. Some people will play avatar-based games in the metaverse, including games involving activities inside buildings, like in an office, store, a house/ apartment. To do that, the companies running the games need as many different housing environments as possible, to keep developers and players around the world from relying on just a few. (I'm using the term "game" very liberally...)

They may also want to collect images in advance for real estate purposes. Imagine if ten years from now a prospective buyer can tour your house from the comfort of home, without you lifting a finger-- and the next buyer ten years after the first buyer can tour, too. City building permit enforcement will be able to tell whether someone has made substantial changes to their house (like added a room) without a permit so they can fine them later.

If someone sees a house they like, they can have another one like it 3-D printed, based on the high-res scans.

I can foresee all kinds of uses for such scanning.
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