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?