The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality


People and technology co-evolve. That is Heim’s simple message in “The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality”, a text which provides a highly readable and illuminating tour of people’s relationship with the printing press, computers, hypertext, virtual reality, virtual worlds and cyberspace. Heim covers topics such as how computers have altered our thought habits, how we will be able to distinguish virtual from real reality, and the appearance of virtual reality in popular culture (as in Star Trek’s holodeck, William Gibson’s Neuromancer and Stephen King’s Lawnmower Man). This is an important text for any human centred designer who wishes to understand how a new product, system or service may change the way people think and live.…


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