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Infinite Reality

Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution
Narrated by: John Pruden
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

How do The Matrix, Avatar, and Tron reveal the future of existence? Can our brains recognize where "reality" ends and "virtual" begins? What would it mean to live eternally in a digital universe? Where will technology lead us in five, 50, and 500 years?

Two innovative scientists here explore the mystery and reality of the virtual and examine the profound potential of emerging digital technologies. Welcome to the future....

The coming explosion of immersive digital technology, combined with recent progress in unlocking how the mind works, will soon revolutionize our lives in ways only science-fiction has imagined. In Infinite Reality, Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford University) and Jim Blascovich (University of California, Santa Barbara) - two of virtual reality's pioneering authorities, whose pathbreaking research has mapped how our brain behaves in digital worlds - take us on a mind-bending journey through the virtual universe.< /p>

Infinite Reality explores what emerging computer technologies and their radical applications will mean for the future of human life and society. Along the way, Bailenson and Blascovich examine the timeless philosophical questions of the self and "reality" that arise through the digital experience; explain how virtual reality's latest and future forms - including immersive video games and social-networking sites - will soon be seamlessly integrated into our lives; show the many surprising practical applications of virtual reality, from education and medicine to sex and warfare; and probe further-off possibilities like "total personality downloads" that would allow your great-great-grandchildren to have a conversation with "you" a century or more after your death.

Equally fascinating, farsighted, and profound, Infinite Reality is an essential guide to our virtual future, where the experience of being human will be deeply transformed.

©2011 Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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In depth

Really in-depth look at VR. Sensible in depth analysis. I enjoyed listening to this and wondering where the journey will end. I just want a robot that washes the dishes and puts them away, is that too much to ask for?

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Great

Great listening well read. Anyone vaguely interested in VR will enjoy. 👍 Recommended for readers.

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  • SAMA
  • 19-07-11

Scary And Ambitious

A great contemporary book about the future of our world. Even offline, the Internet changes everything. Jump on or get left behind. Whether you're a religious person, a fun lover, explorer, technophile, businessman, entrepreneur, freelancer, philosopher, or any or non of them, this is an important book that should never be overlooked.

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  • Julia Marshall
  • 31-10-17

Finished it in one day.

This book was very captivating and so insightful. I was totally engrossing and am so insipred I booked a tour to visit the authors lab at Stanford.

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  • Darren
  • 13-03-17

Misleading book summary and title.

I thought this book would be about all the current and future advances in VR and the industry and how those advances effect the future. Instead, the majority of the book was just about research studies....a lot of them not having anything to do with VR. During the second half I skipped through 5 chapters because I lost interest.

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  • CD3748
  • 11-04-18

Easy Listen with Great Information!

If you could sum up Infinite Reality in three words, what would they be?

Useful Knowledge Compacted

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This book is an easy listen, and I find that I have to keep pausing it to note down inspirations and ideas that pop up in response to it.

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Worth a credit, an interesting listen. A+++

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  • Ryan L. Buchanan
  • 24-01-18

The most amazing book that I've heard recently!

Just an incredible mind-bender that is not artificial or immaterial! Virtual reality is real! You've got to read this one!

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  • Graeme
  • 10-04-12

Heads up on the current future

Would you consider the audio edition of Infinite Reality to be better than the print version?

Its easier to listen than it is to turn pages

What was one of the most memorable moments of Infinite Reality?

Learning what I didnt know. Added to my knowledge.

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