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Brainstorm (1983)From “I think therefore I am” to “Thinking is the best way to travel” of so much of our knowledge base, VR and our perception of the real world is based upon the most fabulous, as yet unmatched, CPU – our brain. If we can imagine the power of taking a dizzying array of light pulses, sound waves, gaseous chemicals and electrical micro jolts that make up a real handshake, or hug, that our 2.5 lb friend turns into a life-long memory of someone we have met – then we can use that same process and build real sensory images/feelings/smells from the stored power of the brain to ‘replay’ or create new such handshakes from within the ultimate UI. Is “BrainStorm” possible? Maybe…

Go Ask AliceMore discussion of the current efforts to add physical attributes to Virtual Reality – Getting “in touch” with Virtual Reality in the group Virtual Worlds of Tomorrow of the Association of Virtual Worlds.

Also, see the Knowledge Networking group, with meetings in SL.

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26 Feb 2008 Update: Be sure to watch Download: The True History of the Internet on the Science Channel starting March 3…

Original posting 27 Dec 2007: The first computer program I typed in was on my VIC 20 (20K RAM) by Commodore, purchased from Sears, hooked up to a $10 B/W TV from a pawn shop. The language was Basic and the OS was CBM 1.0 (?) , with a copyright by Microsoft, one of Gates, Inc.’s first projects. The ubiquitous 10 PRINT ‘Hello, World.’ 20 END or something like it started many of us oldsters on the Road to Perdition. Actually, that was my first personal computer, my first FORTRAN IV stack went back a few years before that at UT Austin in 1967. (more…)

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OK, I’m an old guy. But way back before the beginning of time (you know, before competition reality TV), I was reading Heinlein and Asimov and Vonnegut. These old guys were writing about a future that we seem to be actually living today.

I love the web. Here’s something I stumbled on, looking up references to the Klaatu quote: Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates. Wow! This site hosts the full text of the original short story on which the movie, The Day the Earth Stood Still is based. Far Out, Farnham!

Please feel free to submit any examples or comment on any of the posts here, to keep up with the pace of today’s “now a-GoGo post-Reagan world”. Thanks to my canine companion, Wayman Wynn, for helping me stay grounded, and reminding me to stop and eat. (That’s fascinating, Dad, let’s eat!)

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