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Virtual reality has moved out of the lab and into our living rooms. With it comes an entire new medium for entertainment, simulation, and social interaction. Its potential impact on humanity, however, is actually far more profound. VR provides not just a new digital content delivery platform. It creates, in literal fact, an entire new class of human experience. A virtual experience is only virtual according to our intellects, but to every other fiber of our perceptual system, the experience is not at all virtual. It is real.

I will discuss the implications, both beautiful and unsettling, of a world in which human experiences can be wholly designed and manufactured, yet perceived by our nervous systems as absolutely real.

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STEW 214 ABCD

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10-4-2016 11:30 AM

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Oct 4th, 11:30 AM

Virtual Reality: When “Real” Becomes Real

STEW 214 ABCD

Virtual reality has moved out of the lab and into our living rooms. With it comes an entire new medium for entertainment, simulation, and social interaction. Its potential impact on humanity, however, is actually far more profound. VR provides not just a new digital content delivery platform. It creates, in literal fact, an entire new class of human experience. A virtual experience is only virtual according to our intellects, but to every other fiber of our perceptual system, the experience is not at all virtual. It is real.

I will discuss the implications, both beautiful and unsettling, of a world in which human experiences can be wholly designed and manufactured, yet perceived by our nervous systems as absolutely real.