living in a virtual world

Ready Player One gives us the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation): Cline’s version of a fully immersive, virtual reality future. Of course, it isn’t the first time we’ve seen such things in science fiction. William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984) coined the term “cyberspace:” “A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding.” Later, works like Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash gave us the metaverse, which like the OASIS was part game and part internet.

What’s the closest thing we have to such technologies now? Probably Google Glasses

So here’s my question to you… How immersed do you think we can or should become? 10 or 15 years ago we might have said that we wouldn’t want to wander around with a smartphone and today many people would feel disconnected with theirs. I doubt any of us would be in a hurry to live in this dystopian future, but what do we make of these technologies? Do we imagine that video gaming might play a role in developing the interactive and immersive technologies that will shape our future?

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3 thoughts on “living in a virtual world”

  1. I’ve just read a point in the book where Wade takes a good hard look at what he’s become, with how much he’s immersed himself in the OASIS, and I actually found myself surprised at how much it still seemed to bother him. In our world, which is more financially and ecologically stable, it makes a bit more sense that you want to go out and see the world and live life but in Ready Player One, there’s nothing in the outside world to live for. Everyone is cruel and selfish and unforgiving. But in OASIS there are teams and friendships and romances, all without the reminder of how restricting the real world can be. I understand that this might pose the question of is it okay to simply run away from our problems and move onto something better like the aliens we try so hard to kill in video games. But it could also be that we’re tired of the restrictions society has placed with us and have decided to move one where judgment takes a back seat to living life exactly how we want. I have no doubt that if something like the OASIS were to ever be created, it would have same massive impact it had in dystopian world.

  2. Of course I believe that video gaming will play a major role in developing the interactive and immersive technologies that will shape our future. We are surrounded by games in everything that we do. If you watch TV, sometimes there’s a pop-up that will prompt you to download a game. Or even if were are using a computer and are on a website, there’s always an add that grabs our attention with a game. Games entice our interest, whether we would like to believe this or not. It will be weird to see how 50 years from now how video games will have an effect on our lives. But then again, who would of thought that we would ever walk around with a mobile telephone.

  3. Throughout my posts I’ve always stated that I love the technological innovations that come with advances in gaming. Take a look at the xbox’s Kinect. Although the games released for it was subpar, the technology lead to uses in the medical field, robotics and digital mapping. It’s technology like this that will help drive us into a true technological future. I still wish for a day when we lose the mouse and keyboard as the primary interaction with technology. Imagine matrix or the digital interactive screens from Minority Report. It is also true however, that this technology is driving our social interactions further and further apart. As a society we have to tread very carefully going forward. We have to put a better emphasis on the benefits of social interaction rather than the disconnected feeling of Facebook messaging. I am waiting for the day that Facebook falls into the likes of Myspace.

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