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OASIS & “Avatar”

OASIS, this virtual reality system, reminded me of James Cameron’s Avatar. Cameron said the term “Avatar” in his epic sci-fi film represented the idea “that the human technology in the future is capable of injecting a human’s intelligence into a remotely located body, a biological body.” I find this type of technological advancement terrifying (Like the Google Glasses technology). In the future, thanks to simulation technology that video games, I’m sure, will be largely responsible for inspiring, we will be genetically engineering beings in a sense. We can use our human intelligence to create these video games, and these video games then essentially fabricate a human’s design.

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4 thoughts on “OASIS & “Avatar”

  1. This is a very interesting idea. In Avatar, people are creating their own fake alternative character that is able to roam around a land with real creatures. While this seems completely unrealistic with modern technology or even imaginable technology of the future, we do not know if this will ever happen. However, we could very likely achieve something very similar. If some virtual reality creators were able to create a world where humans could react with one another, but in a different form of being through the use of their own avatar, then is it really that different than if it was real? A person could log in every single day to the same world and live life through there. He might get a job there, fall in love, or even start a family. While this may not be the actual person doing these things, and just his avatar, he is still making it happen and feeling as though it were real. This brings up the question about how far technology can go and if it was to reach this point, what would be considered reality and what would be considered just a virtual world? What is now clearly a defined line could become a gray area in the future, and I personally cannot decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

    Posted by jamesste | June 20, 2013, 11:34 am
  2. I like that you make the connection to Avatar. I agree with Jamesste that we are probably far from being able to ever creating anything like that, but I could definitely see something like the Oasis happening at some point in the future. I think that it could change everything for mankind. People already make fake profiles on the internet pretending to be someone that they are not. If we created a virtual world like the Oasis where we could look how we wanted to look and live a completely different life, it would take pretending to be someone we’re not to a whole new level. Would it matter? I think that what Jamesste said about falling in love and starting a family is interesting because if people really started to fall in love in a virtual world that could change the way human’s interact completely.

    Posted by sierrasu | June 21, 2013, 12:52 am
  3. If you liked Ready Player One and relate it to Avatar I can definitely see that relation but I have another movie that may strike your fancy as well. Avatar is similar as Clines novel in the fact that you plug into a virtual world to control something that is not you but Cameron makes your avatar real. That is a huge difference to having a virtual Avatar. While the movie is different than the book I have a movie that kind of fits in the middle. The nineteen ninety five movie Strange Days is about the world as it is hitting the turn New Year’s Eve. Wikipedia summarizes it well “In December 1999, Los Angeles has become a dangerous war zone. As a group of criminals rob a Chinese restaurant, the event is recorded by a robber wearing a ‘SQUID’, or ‘Superconducting Quantum Interference Device’, which records events directly from the wearer’s cerebral cortex, and when played back through a MiniDisc-like device allow a user to experience the recorder’s memory” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Days_(film)#Plot). It is an incredible depiction of how VR and real life experiences can be manipulated; it even delves into the action of people feeling what a person of the opposite sex can feel. It is a concept that may never be possible but maybe it can. I recommend checking it out if you have not seen it, it is a wonderful film, I promise!

    Posted by wjcasey | June 24, 2013, 11:47 am
  4. I liked your comparison of OASIS to the film Avatar and the sci-fi technology seen in James Cameron’s film, and agree that these types of advancements would defiantly be a little terrifying in a sense. In the next few years it will be interesting to see how technologies like Google Glass are implemented and received within our society, as well as how immersed we will become as a result of the use of these items in our daily lives. While placing human intelligence within a remotely located body or device may be quite far off in our future, I’m not sure how I would feel about or embrace these concepts.

    Posted by bgwhipple | June 27, 2013, 11:44 pm

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