Tyrone Taborn recently released his latest book in STEM City USA. Metaquake USA: What the Metaverse is and how it will shape your future contains the views of some of the people behind the internet revolution. These include Mark Dean, Melvin Greer, Chris Jones, Colin Parris, Joseph Saulter and Kevin Kornegay. Metaquake is now available online at Amazon
Their stories provide insights into the technologies powering the Metaverse, such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), gaming, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, which enable virtual ownership in the Metaverse of STEM City USA.
“This book began on STEM City USA’s Metaverse platform with virtual interviews recorded for my Metaquake USA talk series,” writes Taborn. “We wanted our first book about the metaverse to begin in the metaverse while showing the endless possibilities of virtual networking with an emphasis on social connection.”
In this book, which builds on his technology chapter in the 2006 New York Times bestseller, compiled by Tavis Smiley, Taborn argues that people of color have been losers in every industrial age.
In the foreword, H. Russell Frisby Jr., an expert on regulatory and corporate issues arising from the changing energy and telecommunications industries, shares how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been encouraging Black people to get into telecommunications for over 30 years to include before.
“The conference focused on opportunities in the long-distance resale and wireless markets as the barriers to entry were low at the time – all were equal starting at ground zero,” he wrote.
Unfortunately, during the first and second generations of the telecommunications revolution, many important opportunities were missed as black-owned businesses focused on the health and welfare, transportation, and storage industries.
Nonetheless, Taborn is certain that minorities will be ready to seize the day in Web3 as new avenues in Metaverse development emerge, spanning the Metaverse, VR, AR and digital assets such as cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Currently, 66.1 percent of computer scientists are white, 25 percent are Asian, and 1 percent are black or African American.
“As another breakthrough technology emerges, Ty Taborn highlights the contributions and lessons of the past for minorities and charts a path for minority progress in the emerging future,” said Colin Parris, senior vice president and chief technology officer, GE Digital .
Ted Childs, director of Ted Childs LLC, describes Metaquake as a 21st century opportunity to bridge the digital divide with a metaverse like STEM City USA.
According to a recent report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), white males dominate private high-tech industries. One study found that at tech firms in Silicon Valley, 57 percent of employees were white, 36 percent Asian, 1.6 percent Hispanic, and less than 1 percent African American.
With his latest collaboration, Metaquake USA, author Taborn highlights achievements, challenges, and lessons learned for Black people in tech. Each chapter of the book contains the significant contributions of award-winning black computer scientists, engineers and technologists.
Nicholas Donofrio, a 44-year IBM veteran who used his leadership position and influence to help create opportunities for youth and minority women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, describes Taborn’s book as “well done”.
“For the half-century that I have known Tyrone Taborn, he has lived a life of extraordinary dedication to bridging racial divides and inequality. He is now setting out a much-needed critical new agenda for a rapidly changing technological world,” writes Daniel Hirsch, president of the Committee to Bridge the Gap and retired environmental and nuclear policy program director at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
In 1986, Taborn founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Career Communications Group, Inc., a talent management and career development company that publishes US Black Engineer & Information Technology, Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology, and Women of Color magazines. He also produced the award-winning syndicated television show Success Through Education. In 2006, Taborn was a writer for The Covenant with Black America, the New York Times bestseller compiled by Tavis Smiley. (“Tyrone Taborn – Career Communications Group, Inc.”) Taborn is the founder of the Black Family Technology Week Program, La Familia Technology Awareness Week and the Native American Technology Awareness Project. Metaquake is now available online at Amazon.