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In the future, people are going to hate Google just as much as they hate Microsoft today. But, why?

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People often ask me, “What is your problem with Google? In part, Google is the 800 pound gorilla right now, so when I critique the industry, I am almost invariably critiquing Google. But, it is more than that.

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E. P. Thompson looks at the development of the modern conception of time. He suggests that the modern conception of time, which he calls “time-discipline,” is one that is intimately tied to modern conceptions of work, discipline, efficiency, and precision. The modern conception of time, might best be described, as the notion that time as a commodity. Thompson looks at the historical development the modern conception of time, arguing that it developed as part of the process of industrialization.

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In A Digital Image of the Category of the Person, Joseph Dumit investigates how facts play a role in our understanding of ourselves, and how these facts are generated. Science and biotechnology tell us about the world and tell us “who we are as humans.” More precisely, science and biotechnology generate facts, and the world is understood in terms of these facts. Dumit provides two examples of how biotechnology changes our conception of the person. Prozac challenges our notion of a stable, unchanging self, whereas the PET scan changes our notions of personal responsibility. These examples clearly demonstrate that our understanding of ourselves is mediated by facts. These facts are generated by the scientific community.

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What will virtual worlds will look like in the future?

Best Case:

A technologically mediated environment exemplifying the American/Enlightenment ideals. In other words, an environment where people are free to pursue their individual interests, without fear of harm or interference.

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Do not all charms fly
At the mere touch of cold philosophy?
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven:
We know her woof, her texture; she is given
In the dull catalogue of common things.
Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine -
Unweave a rainbow.

-Keats
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Thank you Virtual Reality! Last week, I did my taxes by computer and electronically filed my returns through a leading tax program. I noticed that the forms on the screen were not real forms but accurate facsimiles of real printed forms. I realized (no pun intended) that for the time I spent doing my taxes, I had a Certified Public Accountant in my computer who (which) gave me all the help I needed to file a perfect Form 1040 with all the supporting data. I was even told to get real about this by printing out the Return for my records which I did.

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Loved it? Hated it? Please let me know.

- Sanni - wrote:
Yesterday evening I had the first peaceful moment after coming back, so I started to read your book. It's cool. I like it. I'll tell my final judgement after finishing the book :-). It's so opposite to the way in which we handle with AR research. Here nobody is interested about the influence of the technology or social, psychological, etc. aspects. And all we are interested about is the technology it self, the algorithm, the code, the gadgets as themselves. Not as a user interface to something or anything like that.

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01/27: Book Party

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In 1938, Orson Welles broadcast War of the Worlds, leading to wide spread panic and chaos. And in 2005, Mychilo Stephenson Cline, unleashes Power, Madness, and Immortality: The Future of Virtual Reality upon an unsuspecting world.

Mychilo Cline tells a chilling tale:

“Transhuman Invaders” are coming to eradicate us and to destroy our way of life. Their virtual bodies are genetically enhanced, they carry weapons of social and economic change, and they are virtually indestructible.

Fear for your children. Pray for your country. They are coming. The end is near!

The invasion begins Thursday, December 8th.
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In 1986, Eric Drexler published Engines of Creation, changing the way we think about nanotechnology. In a similar manner, Power, Madness, and Immortality: the Future of Virtual Reality has the potential to change the way we think about virtual environments.


For more information about the book, click here.