posted on Dec, 17 2010 @ 10:28 AM
Perhaps a thought experiment:
Imagine if I were to give everyone a special pair of AR (Artificial Reality) goggles. Lets say the technology was very advanced, and basically could
patch itself directly into the optic nerve, and even the central nervous system. Basically, it could show you anything, and make you feel anything.
Lets say, that it was also connected to the outside world, and it could "see" the "real" world. Lets take it one step further, lets say that the
system could "link" the very imaginations of each individual, so they could all interract in thier own "virtual world". Lastly, lets say that the
"virtual world" could continually update and regulate itself, by observing changes to the "real world" and that these people lived in a kind of
"half-way" world between the real world and the virtual world. As an interesting note, imagine if these goggles could also make it that various
individuals could have special status, such as being invisible in A.R, and also that people who do not want the full experience, can project
themselves into the virtual world with a kind of "avatar" even though they are not "in" the virtual world. Imagine, after a while, there became a kind
of "inside joke" concerning all the people that wore the special glasses. Walking down the streets doing strange things, standing still while zoned
out in thier virtual buildings.
When it comes to computing power, all it would have to do is use the human brain itself as a computer, and link the human brains together in a
network. Perhaps people can even have thier entire personality downloaded, so when they die they will exist as a computer sprite in the system,
possibly as a real person or just as an observer, or to exist purely in the virtual world and not project into the virtual/real world.
So three kinds:
Projections into the virtual world by virtual people
Projections into the virtual world by living people
Living people not connected to the virtual world
edit on 17-12-2010 by SystemResistor because: (no reason given)