Dawn of the New Everything : A Journey Through Virtual Reality
by Jaron Lanier
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Jaron Lanier, “the father of Virtual Realitya high-tech genius” (Sunday Times), tells the extraordinary story of how a little over three decades Virtual Reality has gone from dream to reality – and how its power to turn dreams into reality would make us and our worldVirtual Reality has long been one of the great clichés of science fictionNow Virtual Reality is a reality: those big headphones that make people ridiculous, even if radiant surprised delight; the place where war veterans overcome PTSD, surgeries are being tested, aircraft and cities are designedBut VR is much more interesting than any technology, however spectacularIt is, in fact, the most effective device ever invented for searching what a human being really is – and the way we think and feelOver thirty years, the legendary computer scientist, vision and artist, Jaron Lanier allowed his inventionHere, in what is probably one of the most unusual books you have ever read, he mixes scientific inquiry, philosophical thought experience and his memories of a life lived at the center of digital innovation to explain this RV is really: the complete science of illusion; extending the intimacy of magic from childhood to adulthood; a hint of what life without limits would be likeAs Lanier shows, we stand on the threshold of a whole new field of human creativity, expression, communication and experience.While we can use VR to test our relationship with reality, it will be a test for us, in turn, of how we choose to use it reveals who we really areWelcome in a state of mind of expansion, improving life, changing the world of adventure
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