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Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality

Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality

作者 : Jaron Lanier

出版社 : The Bodley Head

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定價 : NT 599

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高科技天才及虛擬實境之父傑容‧藍尼爾,分享虛擬實境時代的未來與願景

虛擬實境在許多科幻電影及小說中的主流創作主題。然而,虛擬實境在現代終於成真:戴上大型且看似滑稽的頭盔,頭盔內的影像,卻是一連串的驚喜與驚嘆。在虛擬實境的世界中,戰後創傷症候群不復存在,艱難的手術可以經過一再試驗,航空器與城市經過重新設計。虛擬實境比任何一樣新科技都要有趣,甚至偉大。實際上,虛擬實境是我們徹底研究人類最有效的設備,從中發現人類如何思考與感受一切。

本書跳脫以往,結合科學調查、哲學思想實驗及傑容‧藍尼爾的傳記故事,剖析何謂虛擬實境,探索一趟沒有極限的全新科學冒險。如同藍尼爾所呈現的,我們站在人類創新、表達、溝通及體驗的全新領域門檻上,歡迎一同走入一場思維拓展、提高生活及改變世界的全新冒險。

Jaron Lanier, ‘the father of Virtual Reality … a high-tech genius’ (Sunday Times), tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality went from being a dream to a reality – and how its power to turn dreams into realities will transform us and our world.

Virtual Reality has long been one of the dominant clichés of science fiction. Now Virtual Reality is a reality: those big headsets that make people look ridiculous, even while radiating startled delight; the place where war veterans overcome PTSD, surgeries are trialled, aircraft and cities are designed. But VR is far more interesting than any single technology, however spectacular. It is, in fact, the most effective device ever invented for researching what a human being actually is – and how we think and feel.

More than thirty years ago, legendary computer scientist, visionary and artist Jaron Lanier pioneered its invention. Here, in what is likely to be one of the most unusual books you ever read, he blends scientific investigation, philosophical thought experiment and his memoir of a life lived at the centre of digital innovation to explain what VR really is: the science of comprehensive illusion; the extension of the intimate magic of earliest childhood into adulthood; a hint of what life would be like without any limits.

As Lanier shows, we are standing on the threshold of an entirely new realm of human creativity, expression, communication and experience. While we can use VR to test our relationship with reality, it will test us in return, for how we choose to use it will reveal who we truly are.

Welcome to a mind-expanding, life-enhancing, world-changing adventure.
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