Sys­tems of vir­tual real­ity have been built on new capa­bil­i­ties from mobile tech­nolo­gies, dis­trib­uted com­put­ing, and online gam­ing. This makes it pos­si­ble for large num­bers of peo­ple to oper­ate in a vir­tual world that encom­passes the real one. Alter­nate cur­ren­cies and new man­age­ment tools allow for the emer­gence of a new social order that syphons resources away from the old economy.