Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution (Hardcover)
Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution
William Morrow, 9780061809507, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
"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.
Praise For Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution…
“Read this book if you want to understand the future.”
-JARON LANIER, author of You Are Not a Gadget
“Brilliant, farsighted, and fascinating, Infinite Reality is an essential guide to our futures.”
-PHILIP ZIMBARDO, professor emeritus of psychology, Stanford University, and author of The Lucifer Effect
“Infinite Reality sends chills down the spine.”
-MICHAEL S. GAZZANIGA, director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara
“An exhilarating book ... Blascovich and Bailenson are ideally situated to write this guide to the new world ... Infinite Reality a must-read for anyone who wants to prepare for the coming revolution.”
-Los Angeles Times