I have been quite interested in the progression of transparent screens mixed with smaller and smaller computing devices
Now...take the two concepts and add in one of these:
ok, you may see where this is going. Suddenly a trip down the city block converts, from your point of view, your dull gray buildings into sparkling
crystal towers, or dark gothic streets of sin, etc...depending on which program you run.
Your spouse can, by your programming, alter their looks from your point of view into your favorite supermodel, or a witch. the world becomes your
illusion to paint through crafty programming, cloud networking, and perhaps subscription packages. video gaming itself would take on a whole new
realm of possibilities that can't even begin to be considered. (virtual nightclubs may pop up where your room may suddenly look like the inside of
(name your favorite nightclub) with your virtual avatar popping in.
Medical and business industry would leap ahead...you have an emergency? no need for a hospital visit, just pop your glasses on and either run a
program that outlines procedures on how to set a broken leg on your friend, or even have a doctor from across the world connect up with you and
literally look through your eyes, instructing you step by step on how to resolve the issues your facing.
This technology isn't some "in 50 years"...its actually out now and being slowly connected up. I would recommend any entrepenuer to start the
programming already should they want to be pioneers on this new infrustructure that has been created...it seems the sky is the (virtual) limit on what
possibilities can come from this.
So, how would you transform your reality...turn your cramped neighborhood into a beachfront resort? wander around your hometown and change all
buildings into a giant mushroom landscape? would you create a application that allowed for criminal background checks to come up the second you
talked to someone and flash in front of them (shakes fist at big brother)?
There was a (brilliant) show on SyFy called Caprica (that was cancelled...die syfy!)
Anyhow, they wore bands around their head and entered into virtual space..a entire world of touch, feel, taste, etc...total immersion matrix where
they jumped on the net and hung out in virtual clubs, went on virtual vacations, etc.
I believe we are witnessing the conception of this idea in our time...something that will sweep across the globe and transform how we as people
connect and the very meaning of interaction in our own time.
When many of us were children, our means of interaction was literally going over someones house for face to face time with endless hours of boredom
and travel being the norm.
The only "virtual" connection we had was the telephone. The only electronic escapism was the television (and really early consoles..sorta, but no
where near as immersive as todays gaming...sorry, but pacman wasn't really that engrossing and emotional..except for blinky...I felt the pain for
Science fiction often has discussed virtual environments..often it is however something you plug into and become all but catatonic..offhand, this
unique movement is not so much bringing you into virtual land, but rather bringing virtual reality out into actual reality and tricking your senses as
you physically walk around. offhand, I don't recall many sci-fi novels or media really engaging much into that aspect. So, points to humans for
But ya, I suspect as this progresses, the initial bringing VR out will switch and bring us "in" over time..which probably won't help the obesity
issue if everyone is laying down for 16 hours a day
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