Infinite Reality by Jim Blascovich
Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

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“Enough with speculation about our digital future. Infinite Reality is the straight dope on what is and isn’t happening to us right now, from two of the only scientists working on the boundaries between real life and its virtual extensions.”
—Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed

How achievable are the virtual experiences seen in The Matrix, Tron, and James Cameron’s Avatar? Do our brains know where “reality” ends and “virtual” begins? In Infinite Reality, Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson, two pioneering experts in the field of virtual reality, reveal how the human brain behaves in virtual environments and examine where radical new developments in digital technology will lead us in five, fifty, and five hundred years.


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Jim Blascovich is the director and co-founder of the Research Center for Virtual Environments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is Distinguished Professor of Psychology. Professor Blascovich has served as the president of international scientific societies, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and he has been invited to lecture on social neuroscience and virtual reality topics worldwide.
Published April 5, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 309 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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of California, Santa Barbara) and Bailenson (Virtual Human Interaction Lab/Stanford Univ.) focus on digital-technology–based immersive virtual reality, 2-D and 3-D environments that the mind buys into and responds to as “real”—although the authors are clear in their distinction between “grounded”...

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We jog from topic to topic with our friendly authors, who seem to know so much they’ve decided to tell it all to us—like that uncle who just won’t shut up after the first toddy at Thanksgiving.This is an odd circumstance to say the least because life on the web lends itself to provocation at one ...

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Humanity may be in the process of being transformed by a virtual revolution, but as Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson tell it in their exhilarating book "Infinite Reality," virtual worlds are as old as human experience, whether one is thinking of the cave paintings in Lascaux, France, the Ayahu...

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Two innovative scientists explore the mystery and reality of the virtual and examine the profound potential of emerging digital technologies Welcome to the future .

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