Jim Blascovich Jeremy Bailenson
- Title: Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution
- Author: Jim Blascovich Jeremy Bailenson
- ISBN: 9780062041692
- Page: 377
- Format: ebook
Enough with speculation about our digital future Infinite Reality is the straight dope on what is and isn t happening to us right now, from two of the only scientists working on the boundaries between real life and its virtual extensions Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be ProgrammedHow achievable are the virtual experiences seen in The Matrix, Tron, and James Ca Enough with speculation about our digital future Infinite Reality is the straight dope on what is and isn t happening to us right now, from two of the only scientists working on the boundaries between real life and its virtual extensions Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be ProgrammedHow achievable are the virtual experiences seen in The Matrix, Tron, and James Cameron s Avatar Do our brains know where reality ends and virtual begins In Infinite Reality, Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson, two pioneering experts in the field of virtual reality, reveal how the human brain behaves in virtual environments and examine where radical new developments in digital technology will lead us in five, fifty, and five hundred years.
Recent Comments "Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution"
I don't think this book had any substance at all, the author just kept talking about virtual reality in very vague terms without giving any new speculations to how it's use could actually change things. Anyone can read an article on virtual reality or second life and find out all the things he talks about in the book. Even the psychology stuff was simple and can be easily found all over the place in every discussion of virtual reality.
Some new information. I had already read all of the resources the authors reference, so I found this book to be a shallow pop psychology exploration of ideas that are fully fleshed out in the source material. Those who grew up with the Internet--especially those with a computer science background--will not find any surprising ideas here. In fact, I was mostly surprised that the authors thought they were new ideas. Study results are mentioned, but glossed over. Read the originals instead: Virtual [...]
This book reads like a drab intro to digital media. I'd suggest reading articles on Virtual Reality and Second Life and save $10. It does seem well researched and provide some interesting facts but that being said I am also disappointed with the lack of discussion around what any of this means from a humanitarian, philosophical or moral stand point. This really borders anti-intellectualism, it does raise questions but backs off any attempt to discuss, much less relate them. If you're just looki [...]
Disappointing. There was little in the way of new speculation on any of these topics and to be perfectly honest I think these topics have been better covered by the sci fi genre than they are here. A lot of the stories and points brought up in the book were not only unoriginal but stimulated short snibbets of further ideas that were in no way discussed or fleshed out. I would love to live forever virtually though :) sign me up!
Honestly, a kind of boring read. Just reading around on the internet provided the information in this book with more depth. It has a kind of breathless, "This will change everything!" attitude without substance to back it up, and only glancing research results to prove points. Most damning of all, to my mind, was that ethical issues (of which there are plenty) are brushed aside with a kind of, "And that's something we'll have to think about."
the theory is still valid, but the examples are outdated and most of the predictions are off. Nonetheless a worthwhile book if you are interested in Virtual Reality and Virtual Worlds. But it can be left lying if you want to read an interesting book on new tech.
The notion of virtual immortality differs from the notion of preserving consciousness. The idea is that, with virtual “tracking data” collected over a long period of time, one can preserve much or even most of people’s idiosyncrasies, including a large set of behaviors, attitudes, actions, appearances, etc. One will not be able to “relive” life through an avatar, but nonetheless, a digital being that looks, talks, gestures, and behaves as they once did can occupy virtual space indefini [...]
Really cool book that I managed to discover while watching a Matrix trilogy marathon on tv. I had seen the matrix trilogy several times, and as it was on tv in the background I realized I never truly understood the meaning of how it all ended. I decided to look for a forum with explanations and found a spectacular one for all things Matrix that, after sifting through it, made me appreciate all the ins and outs of the series that I hadn't ever appreciated before. On this site were some highlighte [...]
How do people interact in virtual reality? Pretty much as they would in actual reality. There's an underlying assumption in this book that virtual reality sophisticated enough to allow people to walk around inside a virtual world, or out in the real world using some kind of avatar, with all of their senses in tact, is inevitable. This seems an incredibly difficult thing to accomplish, to me. A lot of major breakthroughs in biology, artificial intelligence, and robotics would be needed. Those bre [...]
Just as an idea it mentions simpsons, neuromancer, ender's game, snow crash, cast away, avatar (the movie), theories, family guy, Being John Malkovich, 6 degrees of kevin bacon, social learning theory, Sopranos, Twilight, proteus effect, virtual immortality, CSI, Farmville, Harry Potter, superbowl ads, the pinto car, Mr. Ed, Second Life (meh.), The Office, PTSD, Sun Tzu, War Games, America's Army and Cyberpunks
I attended a seminar by Dr.Jeremy Bailenson and got into the idea of virtual reality as a teaching tool. Picked this book up at the public library and kinda skimmed through it. The explanations are good, but the technology is sort of dated as the book is from 2011, Also it stresses a lot about the psychological aspect of VR users rather than solely focussing on the tech.
Readability 6. Rating 5. Worth reading for the original way of thinking about the history of virtual reality and the notable similarities between reactions of people to real and virtual experiences. Then it kind of went off the rails - too much on Second Life (does that even exist anymore?), too many things that made this recent book feel dated (MySpace?!), and too much drifting off topic.
A good overview of current uses for virtual reality and the possible future of it. Easy to read even if you don't have a computer science degree.Full review here.
It was an interesting overview of virtual reality. As a generalist, and not a hardcore VR person (never been on Second Life, for example), I learned some things. Too much of it read like a laundry list of experiments past, however, and I would have enjoyed more synthesis and prediction.
He says that more of our interactions with the world will become 'virtualized' over time. Id I personally consider it a very Interesting point. Tis is about how what we perceive is what is real to us even if it's all virtual.
Nothing too much new to me here. Talks about how what we perceive is what is real to us even if it's all virtual. He goes on to say that more of our interactions with the world will become 'virtualized' over time. Interesting point, but not the most interesting read.
Read for school. Not really all that interesting but I would read it again just to count how many times the authors used the word "indeed."
Listened to the audiobook and went to a talk by the author (Bailenson). Very interesting studies and anecdotes, generally takes a forward-looking perspective.
Good reading - especially to those interesting in the digital revolution
Like a primer about virtual reality for people who've had their head in a virtual bucket for the last twenty five years. ( But some useful info toward the end )
Reviewed in New Scientist
overview of virtual reality. dry writing.
Didn't really have anything original to say
If I'd woken up today after a 50 year coma, this may have been interesting.
Nothing that interesting that you could read in many articles on the subject.
Good introduction to the science and uses of virtual reality.
Good introduction showing the effect and the potential of virtual reality.
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