*Note. This blog was first published in 2016. It's incredible how much technology has advanced in the 3 years since then!
Intel is pushing the boundaries of compute innovation to accelerate the creation of truly immersive experiences with virtual reality. At the 2016 Intel Developer Forum, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich introduced the concept of merged reality, a new way of experiencing physical and virtual interactions and environments across VR/AR/Mixed Realities through a suite of next generation sensing, digitizing and computing technologies.
It seems that virtual reality or merged reality worlds are here to stay. I wonder how they can be used to improve our lives? My mind wanders immediately to the health care setting and the field of mind-body medicine where guided imagery may influence the health of the body.
I also think of vulnerable people who might otherwise be unable to access the outside world and connect with others. I remember also all of the busy people who can't make it to wellbeing classes but would love to meet their teacher in a simulated way that felt as close to real life as possible.
Butt what kind of risks do merged reality scenes pose to the way we live and relate to ourselves and one another? What are the implications of living more and more readily in Baudrillards simulacrum-- the false copy of reality?
A Dream Within a Dream is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1849. The poem is 24 lines, divided into two stanzas. The poem questions the way one can distinguish between reality and fantasy, asking, "Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream?"
Will Merged reality be a dream, within a dream, within a dream?
Made in our own image
They say that we make things in our own image, I love seeing how this unfolds in technology.
The things we invent and the things that technology gives rise to, make available in a tangible material way the inherent capacities and qualities of consciousness that might not otherwise be accessible from the fragmented, individuated perspective of one human being. (Qualities like omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresent, timelessness, spacelessness)
Please leave a comment bellow, I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject of AI, New Technologies and Merged Reality friends.