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from Google Glasses to virtual reality

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?


About Alex Reid

Associate Professor and Director of Composition in the English Department at the University at Buffalo


3 thoughts on “from Google Glasses to virtual reality

  1. With Google Glasses coming out it brings humanity one step closer to how virtual we can actually get. Think of everything that we can do with this type of technology. You can make calls, video record, pictures, and so much more. This is going to be the next biggest thing of the decade. Next thing you know creators of game systems may come out with what the movie Gamer has. Instead of playing video games in our living rooms on the couch, next thing that’ll be a big hit in the virtual world will be actually being inside the game itself, feeling the pain or excitement, and actually feeling like you are part of the game as if you were a character. Though we have a far ways to go, but I believe that could happen in the future.

    Posted by ecflyer91 | June 18, 2013, 12:40 pm
  2. I pray that the Google Glass Project fails miserably. I see no reason why humans need to be more virtual. I wish I could say more, but I will end up in a terrible rant. I hope we never have anything like OASIS (the book repeatedly acknowledged the major downfalls of having a society in which humans are almost purely virtual beings) and I hope the ‘smart’ technologists realize….the problems of what they’re doing. I hope.

    Posted by emmajani | June 18, 2013, 5:07 pm


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