Future Presence

Future Presence

At once the incredible, inevitable story of virtual reality's rise and a look toward the future of our fantasies, Future Presence is ultimately a deeply personal analysis of what relationships, empathy, and sex could look like--sooner than ...

Author: Peter Rubin

Publisher: HarperOne

ISBN: 0062566709

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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A Wired senior editor and virtual reality expert presents a captivating, candid glimpse into the future "realities" of this emerging technology: how we will use it to form previously impossible relationships, explore new frontiers of intimacy, and how it will forever change human connection. Heralded as the most significant technological innovation since the smartphone, virtual reality is poised to transform our very notions of life and humanity. Though this tech is still in its infancy, to those on the inside, it is the future. VR will change how we work, how we experience entertainment, how we feel pleasure and other emotions, how we see ourselves, and most importantly, how we relate to each other in the real world. And we will never be the same. Peter Rubin, senior culture editor for Wired and the industry's go-to authority on the subject, calls it an "intimacy engine." While once we needed another person to feel the sensations of closeness, trust, vulnerability, confidence, and titillation, VR will give us the ability to induce these sensations by ourselves for the first time in human history. This metamorphosis, Rubin argues, is going to have a powerful impact on relationships that will ripple throughout our society and our individual lives. A journey into this uncertain future and a glimpse at the cultural implications and promises of a new reality, Future Presence explores a host of complex questions about what makes us human, what connects us, and what is real. Offering a glimpse into the mind-blowing things happening in universities, labs, and tech companies around the world, Rubin leads readers on an entertaining tour of the weirdest, wildest corners of this fascinating new universe. Describing this book as "half travelogue and half crystal ball", Rubin will: Introduce readers to the creators and consumers of VR technology Show readers what an experience is like inside the current VR devices Explain how this technology will upend everything we know about human connection in the future At once the incredible, inevitable story of virtual reality's rise and a look towards the future of our fantasies, Future Presence is a deeply personal examination of what connects us, and an analysis of what relationships, empathy, and sex could look like--sooner than we think.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Steering Human Evolution

Steering Human Evolution

New York: Doubleday. Rubin, P. (2018) Future presence: How virtual reality is changing human connection, intimacy, and the limits of ordinary life. New York: HarperOne. Savulescu, J. and Bostrom, B., eds. (2011) Human enhancement.

Author: Yehezkel Dror

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000049923

Category: Social Science

Page: 198

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Humanity must steer its evolution. As human knowledge moves a step ahead of Darwin’s theories, this book presents the emergence of human-made meta-evolution shaping our alternative futures. This novel process poses fateful challenges to humanity, which require regulation of emerging science and technology which may endanger the future of our species. However, to do so successfully, a novel ‘humanity-craft’ has to be developed; main ideologies and institutions need redesign; national sovereignty has to be limited; a decisive global regime becomes essential; some revaluation of widely accepted norms becomes essential; and a novel type of political leader, based on merit in addition to public support, is urgently needed. Taking into account the strength of nationalism and vested interests, it may well be that only catastrophes will teach humanity to metamorphose into a novel epoch without too high transition costs. But initial steps, such as United Nation reforms, are urgent in order to contain calamities and may soon become feasible. Being both interdisciplinary and based on personal experience of the author, this book adds up to a novel paradigm on steering human evolution. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of modern history, evolution sciences, future studies, political science, philosophy of action, and science and technology. It will also be of wide appeal to the general reader anxious about the future of life on Earth. Comments on the Corona pandemic add to the book’s concrete significance.
Categories: Social Science

From Microverse to Metaverse

From Microverse to Metaverse

Narrative virtual reality filmmaking: A communication conundrum. Doctoral dissertation, Regent University. Rubin, P. (2018). Future presence: How virtual reality is changing human connection, intimacy, and the limits of ordinary life.

Author: Leighton Evans

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

ISBN: 9781804550212

Category: Social Science

Page: 129

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From Microverse to Metaverse: Modelling the Future through Today's Virtual Worlds analyzes the political economy of emerging tech with the mechanisms of identity and behavioral constraints involved to map what a metaverse might be like, whether it can happen, and just why some companies seem so determined to make it happen.
Categories: Social Science

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life. HarperOne, 2018. Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why we Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.

Author: Samuel Greengard

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262354691

Category: Computers

Page: 264

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A comprehensive overview of developments in augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality—and how they could affect every part of our lives. After years of hype, extended reality—augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR)—has entered the mainstream. Commercially available, relatively inexpensive VR headsets transport wearers to other realities—fantasy worlds, faraway countries, sporting events—in ways that even the most ultra-high-definition screen cannot. AR glasses receive data in visual and auditory forms that are more useful than any laptop or smartphone can deliver. Immersive MR environments blend physical and virtual reality to create a new reality. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, technology writer Samuel Greengard offers an accessible overview of developments in extended reality, explaining the technology, considering the social and psychological ramifications, and discussing possible future directions. Greengard describes the history and technological development of augmented and virtual realities, including the latest research in the field, and surveys the various shapes and forms of VR, AR, and MR, including head-mounted displays, mobile systems, and goggles. He examines the way these technologies are shaping and reshaping some professions and industries, and explores how extended reality affects psychology, morality, law, and social constructs. It's not a question of whether extended reality will become a standard part of our world, he argues, but how, when, and where these technologies will take hold. Will extended reality help create a better world? Will it benefit society as a whole? Or will it merely provide financial windfalls for a select few? Greengard's account equips us to ask the right questions about a transformative technology.
Categories: Computers

Science Fiction Disruption and Tourism

Science Fiction  Disruption and Tourism

Rubin, P. (2018) Future Presence: How Virtual Reality is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life. New York: HarperCollins. Bloomberg Businessweek, Russon, C. (2018) Making a killing in virtual real estate.

Author: Ian Yeoman

Publisher: Channel View Publications

ISBN: 9781845418694

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 406

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This book examines science fiction’s theoretical and ontological backgrounds and how science fiction applies to the future of tourism. It recreates and invents the future of tourism in a creative and disruptive manner, reconceptualising tourism through alternative and quantum leap thinking that go beyond the normative or accepted view of tourism. The chapters, focusing on areas such as disruption, sustainability and technology, draw readers into the unknown future of tourism – a future that may be disruptive, dystopian or utopian. The book brings a new theoretical paradigm to the study of tourism in a post COVID-19 world and can be used to explore, frame and even form the future of tourism. It will capture the imagination and inspire readers to address tourism’s challenges of tomorrow.
Categories: Business & Economics

Now Media

Now Media

The Evolution of Electronic Communication Norman J. Medoff, Barbara K. Kaye ... Future presence: How virtual reality is changing human connection, intimacy, and the limits of ordinary life. New York: HarperOne.

Author: Norman J. Medoff

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000380538

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 436

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Now in its fourth edition, this book is one of the leading texts on the evolution of electronic mass communication in the last century, giving students a clear understanding of how the media of yesterday shaped the media world of today. Now Media, Fourth Edition (formerly Electronic Media: Then, Now, Later) provides a comprehensive view of the beginnings of electronic media in broadcasting and the subsequent advancements into ‘now’ digital media. Each chapter is organized chronologically, starting with the electronic media of the past, then moving to the media of today, and finally, exploring the possibilities for the media of the future. Topics include the rise of social media, uses of personal communication devices, the film industry, and digital advertising, focusing along the way on innovations that laid the groundwork for ‘now’ television and radio and the Internet and social media. New to the fourth edition is a chapter on the amazing world of virtual reality technology, which has spawned a ‘now’ way of communicating with the world and becoming a part of video content, as well as a discussion of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on media consumption habits. This book remains a key text and trusted resource for students and scholars of digital mass communication and communication history alike. The new ‘now’ edition also features updated online instructor materials, including PowerPoint slides and test banks. Please visit www.routledge.com/cw/medoff to access these support materials.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Cultures of Participation

Cultures of Participation

1– 18, viewed 28 February 2019, SAGE Publication database, DOI: 10.1177/1527476418805240. Rubin, P 2018, Future presence: How virtual reality is changing human connection, intimacy, and the limits of ordinary life, HarperOne, ...

Author: Birgit Eriksson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000707939

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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This book examines cultural participation from three different, but interrelated perspectives: participatory art and aesthetics; participatory digital media, and participatory cultural policies and institutions. Focusing on how ideals and practices relating to cultural participation express and (re)produce different "cultures of participation", an interdisciplinary team of authors demonstrate how the areas of arts, digital media, and cultural policy and institutions are shaped by different but interrelated contextual backgrounds. Chapters offer a variety of perspectives and strategies for empirically identifying "cultures of participation" and their current transformations and tensions in various regional and national settings. This book will be of interest to academics and cultural leaders in the areas of museum studies, media and communications, arts, arts education, cultural studies, curatorial studies and digital studies. It will also be relevant for cultural workers, artists and policy makers interested in the participatory agenda in art, digital media and cultural institutions.
Categories: Social Science

Ecology Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality

Ecology  Artificial Intelligence  and Virtual Reality

Life in the Digital Dark Ages Sing C. Chew. ———. 1918. A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf. ... Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and Limits of Ordinary Life. New York: Harper.

Author: Sing C. Chew

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781793641519

Category: Nature

Page: 119

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Ecology, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality argues that we need to examine the connect global world we live in and our technological advances to discern the potential solutions to the environmental, epidemiological, political, and social challenges we face.
Categories: Nature

Shakespeare and Virtual Reality

Shakespeare and Virtual Reality

Can Virtual Reality Improve Anatomy Education? ... (HTC Vive Virtual Reality) (www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGSMypiRsd8). ... Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life.

Author: Stephen Wittek

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009007061

Category: Literary Criticism


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Teaching Shakespeare through performance has a long history, and active methods of teaching and learning are a logical complement to the teaching of performance. Virtual reality ought to be the logical extension of such active learning, providing an unrivalled immersive experience of performance that overcomes historical and geographical boundaries. But what are the key advantages and disadvantages of virtual reality, especially as it pertains to Shakespeare? And more interestingly, what can Shakespeare do for VR (rather than vice versa)? This Element, the first on its topic, explores the ways that virtual reality can be used in the classroom and the ways that it might radically change how students experience and think about Shakespeare in performance.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Mobile Lenses on Learning

Mobile Lenses on Learning

Future presence: How virtual reality is changing human connection, intimacy, and the limits of ordinary life. HarperOne. Sándor, S. (2012). Introduction to augmented reality. Budapest: Karmamedia. Schmalstieg, D., & Höllerer, T. (2016).

Author: Mark Pegrum

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811512407

Category: Education

Page: 309

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This book explores mobile learning as a form of learning particularly suited to our ever more mobile world, presenting a new conceptualisation of the value of mobile devices in education through the metaphor of lenses on learning. With a principal focus on mobile-assisted language learning (MALL), it draws on insights derived from MALL language, literacy and cultural projects to illustrate the possibilities inherent in all mobile learning. In its broad sweep the book takes in new and emerging technologies and tools from robots to holograms, virtual reality to augmented reality, and smart glasses to embeddable chips, considering their potential impact on education and, indeed, on human society and the planet as a whole. While not shying away from discussing the risks, it demonstrates that, handled appropriately, mobile, context-aware technologies allow educators to build on the personalised and collaborative learning facilitated by web 2.0 and social media, but simultaneously to go much further in promoting authentic learning experiences grounded in real-world encounters. In this way, teachers can better prepare students to face a global, mobile future, with all of its evolving possibilities and challenges.
Categories: Education