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Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality

Author
Jaron Lanier
Publisher / Label
The Bodley Head
Country
UK
Language
English
Publication year
2017
Type of publication
Book
Number of pages
368
ISBN
9781847923530

Index

Contents
PREFACE: Virtual Reality's Moment	xi

INTRODUCTION	1

What Is It? 1; What Can a Book Do That VR Can't, at Least as Yet? 2; How to Read This Book 3; Meeting My Younger Self 5

1.	1960S: TERRORS OF EDEN	9

Border 9; Window 10; Trifecta 11; Mood 12; Spun 13;

Beyond Recall 14; Sound 15; Outlasting Cruelty 17;

First Experiment 18; Burned 20

2.	RESCUE SPACECRAFT	22

Landed 22; Where in the Universe? 23; Whence 25;

Permission 26; Build 29; Habitat 29

3.	BATCH PROCESS	33

From Atoms to Bits and Back Again 33; Access 34;

The Nasty Bits 36; Goats 37; Pixels in Real Life 39; Stacks 40;

Prize 41; Pestering Strangers About Ivan 44

4.	WHY I LOVE VR (ABOUT THE BASICS)	47

The Mirror Reveals 47; Verb Not Noun 51; A Vice to Avoid 52; The Technology of Noticing Oneself 54

5.	BUG IN THE SYSTEM (ABOUT THE DARK SIDE OF VR)	57

Paranoid Android 57; Terror Equation 58; Bipolar Bits 60
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63
6.	ROAD

Dome Done 63; Film Flam 65; First Time in the City 66;

Down Spiral 68; Back in Flames 70; Aztec Outpost;

Wheels 73; Inquests 75; Consensus and Sensibility 77

7.	COAST	80

Casual Enrollment 80; City on a Pill 82; Rainbow's Gravity 83; Protogoogle 84; Audience 86; Transcript 88

8.	VALLEY OF UNEARTHLY DELIGHTS	91

El Paso del Cyber 91; Optimal Us. and Them 93; Finite and Infinite Games 95; Loop Skywalker 97; You Have to Get Awfully Weird to Avoid Becoming a Behaviorist 99; Grounded 100;

A Club That Would Have Me as a Member 101; Code Culture 102

9.	ALIEN ENCOUNTERS	104

The Essential Bug 104; Rent-a-Mom 106; Young Guru of Loneliness 108; Realization 110; Despite Myself 112;

Math Against Loneliness? 114

10.	THE FEELING OF IMMERSION	116

Woman as Social Stem Cell 116; Impossible Objects 118;

Triptych 119; Reality Engine Engine 121; Much Touch 123;

Haptic Antics 125

11.	TO DON THE NEW EVERYTHING (ABOUT HAPTICS WITH A LITTLE ABOUT AVATARS)	127

Blind Bind 127; Hand-Waving Demo. Oigital Interface 128;

Passive Haptics 129; Bearing Arms 130; Haptic Lemonade 131; First VR Consumer Product 132; Interspecies Gastric Haptics 133; Octopus Butler Robot 134; Lick the Problem 138; Deepest Time Machine 139; Haptic Intelligence 141, As If One Obsession Weren't Enough 143- Harm and Heal 145

12.	NAUTICAL DAWN

147

Other Sighs 147; Other Everythings 149; The Previous Everything 150; Stim City 155: Legitimacy. Hair, a Giants Shoulder 157; Oi*ie-Futurism 162; Ants on a Mission 163-On Track 165

13.	SIX DEGREES (A LITTLE ABOUT SENSORS ANO VR DATA)	168

The Eyes Must Wander 168; The Brain Integrates 170-A Moving Experience 171; Sea Legs. Virtual Legs 174-'

Virtual Realism Versus Virtual Idealism 176

CONTENTS I lx
14.	FOUND	100

Bite Before Hook 180; Peanut Sauce Gallery 182;

Dotted Lines 185; Round Horizon 186; Deputy Top Suit 187; Footprint 188; We Shipped! 189

15.	BE YOUR OWN PYRAMIDION (ABOUT VISUAL DISPLAYS FOR VR) 192

Remembering the EyePhone 192; That Thing on Your Head 193;

When to Take a Pass 195; The Ridiculous Mistake That Floats in the Air All Around Us 196; A Gadget Spectrum 199; The Inner Extreme on the Spectrum 200; The Outer Extreme 201; Scope Is the Thing with Feathers 203; Étendue 204; The Duplex Problem 205

16.	THE VPL EXPERIENCE	209

In-Spiral 209; Veeple 210; What VR Was For 213;

Surgical Training 214; Tradewinds 215; A Few of Our American Projects 217; Soldiers and Spooks 218; Characters 221;

Spin-Offs 223

17.	INSIDE-OUT SPHERES (A LITTLE ABOUT VR "VIDEO" AND SOUND) 226

VideoSphere 226; AudioSphere 226

18.	SCENE	230

Demolition 230; The Art of the Demo 232; The Art of the World 234; Advice for VR Designers and Artists 235;

Flags Planted 237; Moniker on the Loose 239;

The Party 242; Ricochet la Femme 243;

Dark Lineage 245; Flattering Mirror 246

19.	HOW WE SETTLED INTO A SEED FOR THE FUTURE	249

Virtual Rights, but Not Virtual Economic Rights 249;

The Easy Road to World Domination 250; Microgravity 252;

The Invisible Hand Improves When It Is Made Visible as an Avatar Hand 254; Birth of a Religion 257; Love the Work. Not the Myth 264; Alien Virtual Reality 265

20.	1992. OUT	269

MicroCosm 269; VR. Trapped in the Movies 271; Voluminous Possibilities Lost 273; In Slickness and in Stealth 275;

The Sound of One Hand 276; The End of One Finite Game 279

21.	CODA: REALITY'S FOIL	202 AFTERWORD 289
x I CONTENTS
Appendix One: POSTSYMBOLIC COMMUNICATION

(ABOUT THE REVERIES OF ONE OF MY CLASSIC VR TALKS)	291

More Transcript 291; Kind of Blue 294; Speak,

Tentacles! 295; PoTesis 296; Fascination Versus Suicide 297; Rue Goo 300

Appendix Two: PHENOTROPIC FEVERS (ABOUT VR SOFTWARE)	301

Mandatory Metamorphosis 301; Grace 302;

Picture This 303; Sleight 304; Editor and Mapping 305; Variation 306; Phenotropic Trial Run 307; Scale 309; Motivation 311; Role Reversal 311; Expression 313; The Wisdom of Imperfection 315; Resilience 316; Adapt 317; Swing 318;

Rubble Fills Plato's Cave 321; Many Caves. Many Shadows, but Only Your Eyes 322

Appendix Three: DUELING DEMIGODS	323

Not Artificial, but Imaginary 323; The Banality of Weightlessness 326; The Invisible Hand on a Multitouch Screen 328; The Absurdity of Demanding That Al Fix Itself 332;

The Humane Use of Human Systems 333

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS	337

INDEX 341