Metaverse vs. the real world: Diving into a completely different sphere, blurring reality and the virtual, and entering a world that allows you to take on a completely different personality. This "escape from the real world" could be a romantic, simplistic idea of the metaverse, yet it is much more than that. The existence of the metaverse drastically changes the way we perceive the world around us, connect with it, and how we interact. Augmented and virtual reality, as well as other digital technologies, serve here as portals into a parallel world that is already larger and, according to the authors, will be more significant in the future than the WWW and letterpress printing combined. The digital "self", a so-called avatar, must be created. From then on, one not only moves in this immersive, digital world, one actively participates in it. Buying virtual properties and services, practicing a profession to earn virtual money, drinking coffee in decentralized, specially created worlds and rooms, and much more is possible. There seems to be no limit to the creativity, the variety of worlds and the interaction possibilities. The encounters and actions happen virtually, the actual communication and economic possibilities, are completely real. Discussing this at Isa Richtar: Johannes Frank (Herbst Kinsky Kanzlei), Bernhard Heinzlmayer (T-Factory), Konrad Gill (ViARsys), Volker Libovsky (Magenta), Kathleen Schroeter (ootiboo), Kadine James (CEO & Founder The Immersive Kind) and Justice Minister Alma Zadic.