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Cloud computing was a bad idea a half a century ago and it is still a bad idea today. Cloud computing is the idea that our computer, a dumb terminal in essence, may be used to access data and services out there on the internet, from a “cloud” of networked computers and data centers. This idea is being touted by the Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, and has been around in various guises for some time.

But, the problem with cloud computing, as with all client server models is reliability, functionality, performance, and security (1). In addition, it may be argued that the model is in someway innately undemocratic, that is, that it is, in practice, likely to promote centralized political, social, and economic control.

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In ancient Greece, Plato asked, “What is the good life?” Two and one-half thousand years later, it is time to re-examine this question.(1)


The development of new virtual reality technologies will lead to important changes in daily social and economic life, and will raise a number of important topics in the field of ethics, in moral philosophy, in political philosophy, and in existential philosophy. Virtual reality has the potential to fundamentally change our relationship nature, with each other, and with ourselves. It is an exciting time for philosophy, and an exciting time to be human.

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In virtual reality, it may be possible to be “more you than you ever imagined.” But, what does this mean? And is it really true?

There is a difference between the person we want to be and the person that we in fact are. We would like to be x, y, and z, but we find that we are not. And we distinguish between “our true self” (or “our ideal self”) from the person you see in the mirror. And this brings up an interesting question, “Why are you not the person you want to be?”

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Emerging technologies will give us greater power over the physical world and promise to redefine the relationship between man and nature. Not only will emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology, virtual reality, and genetics, give us greater control over the external world, they will give us greater control over ourselves. And this raises a number of important questions in the emerging fields of virtual-genetics and nano-genetics (i.e. nano-pharmacology, nano-cognitive-augmentation, and nano-cognitive-editing; or just nano-genetics, for short): “What does it mean to be human?” “Who do we want to be?” “And what are we willing to do to get there?”

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Posted by Mark McIntire




If virtual reality is 'simulated environment,' then....
Religion is the virtual reality of the 'soul.'
Philosophy is the virtual reality of the 'mind.'
Art is the virtual reality of the 'perception.'
And science is the virtual reality of the 'senses.'