Reality is to trick the human senses, to help people believe and uphold

an illusion. Virtual reality engineers are space makers, to a certain degree

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they create space for people to play around in. A space maker sets up a world

for an audience to act directly within, and not just so the audience can imagine

they are experiencing a reality, but so they can experience it directly.

"The film maker says, 'Look, I'll show you.' The space maker says, 'Here,

I'll help you discover.' However, what will the space maker help us

discover?" "Are virtual reality systems going to serve as supplements

to our lives, or will individuals so miserable in their daily existence find an

obsessive refuge in a preferred cyberspace? What is going to be included,

deleted, reformed, and revised? Will virtual reality systems be used as a means

of breaking down cultural, racial, and gender barriers between individuals and

thus nurture human values?" During this century, responsive technologies

are moving even closer to us, becoming the standard interface through which we

gain much of our experience. The ultimate result of living in a cybernetic world

may create an artificial global city. Instead of a global village, virtual

reality may create a global city, the distinction being that the city contains

enough people for groups to form affiliations, in which individuals from

different cultures meet together in the same space of virtual reality. The city

might be laid out according to a three dimensional environment that dictates the

way people living in different countries may come to communicate and understand

other cultures. A special camera, possibly consisting of many video cameras,

would capture and transmit every view of the remote locations. Viewers would

receive instant feedback as they turn their heads. Any number of people could be

looking through the same camera system. Although the example described here will

probably take many years to develop, its early evolution has been under way for

some time, with the steady march of technology moving from accessing information

toward providing experience. As well, it is probably still childish to imagine

the adoption of virtual reality systems on a massive scale because the starting

price to own one costs about $300,000. Virtual Reality is now available in games

and movies. An example of a virtual reality game is Escape From Castle

Wolfenstein. In it, you are looking through the eyes of an escaped POW from a

Nazi death camp. You must walk around in a maze of dungeons were you will

eventually fight Hitler. One example of a virtual reality movie is Stephen

King's The Lawnmower Man. It is about a mentally retarded man that uses virtual

reality as a means of overcoming his handicap and becoming smarter. He

eventually becomes crazy from his quest for power and goes into a computer. From

there he is able to control most of the world's computers. This movie ends with

us wondering if he will succeed in world domination. From all of this we have

learned that virtual reality is already playing an important part in our world.

Eventually, it will let us be able to date, live in other parts of the world

without leaving the comfort of our own living room, and more. Even though we are

quickly becoming a product of the world of virtual reality, we must not lose

touch with the world of reality. For reality is the most important part of our



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