May 14th 2019
The Universalist worldview is far superior to the time/place specific cultural perspective
There are concepts (ideas) that we possess that did not even exist in any shape or form in the Victorian mind. i.e., concepts that hadn’t even been imagined as fictional/mythological entertainment… in books. Here are 3 examples of concepts (ideas) that simply did not exist in Victorian times:
- The Simulated Universe (or less radically, Virtual Reality tech).
- The Interdimensional Universe.
- The Internet.
Straight away this should tell you something. It should tell you that a time/place specific cultural perspective is extremely flawed. The way to take-up a universalist worldview is to reject the word ‘Impossible’. Also reject negative associations to the word ‘Paranormal’. Because we are paranormal from the past’s perspective (e.g., we are paranormal from the Victorians perspective). The ‘paranormal’ is simply the ‘normal’ not yet discovered. The ‘Impossible’ merely means impossible at our specific time/in our specific place. And sometimes we even see revealing patterns that falsify the impossible in the here-and-now. UFO and NDE Witness and Experiencer patterns in the data falsify the view that there is nothing to see here other than the mundane. However, they do not provide definite interpretations. For example, the UFO pattern in the data is about a pattern in the data about capability. Zig Zag movements, hovering, separating and reuniting with other UFO’s, blinking in-and-out of existence. None of that tells us what the UFO is. And to interpret patterns often risks precisely the cultural interpretations that we are trying to get beyond. For example some people interpret NDEs as part of the Simulation. Remember that the Simulated Universe wasn’t even a concept in the Victorian era. Now Simulated Universe risks becoming the default position for everything. Of course, we will create a Simulated Universe anyway. So what was once not even a concept, will eventually become reality in a practical (not just a theoretical) sense. Meanwhile with UFO’s, I could imagine time travel theory becoming dominant. Again, that would no doubt end up as a new cultural bias. And I will not promote cultural interpretations. But one day we will time travel. So ‘Universalist’ perspectives nukes the impossible. Indeed, it replaces the word ‘impossible’ with the word ‘inevitable’. We will inevitably live in a Simulated Universe. We will inevitably time travel. We will inevitably live forever. Indeed, we are starting to understand how it will be that we will live forever. Eternal life will largely be thanks to nanotech in the bloodstream. Nanotech is an extremely serious science and extremely complex science (to 99.9999% of us). Yet as recently as the 1980s it was impossible and it was science fiction. The Impossible fictional nanotech is now not only inevitable… it is present day serious science.
The Universalist perspective nukes insane cultural bullshit and replaces it with sane reality.
May 14th 2019
Psychological change (in the individual) is ego level stuff (but still very important at this level)
The ability to change at will is crucial for ego-level mental health. People who say that people cannot change have presumably never matured… or if they have matured have forgotten that they themselves have changed a lot. Maybe they can no longer change and are therefore projecting their ego-conditioned hypnosis onto all other people. If they are neurotic (or if they ever experience neurosis) then (if they went from healthy to neurotic) that would be change. Yet if they maintained their view that people cannot change that would certainly make their prognosis very poor due to the principle of self-fulfilling prophecy.
So to repeat, the ability to change at will is crucial for ego-level mental health. The better able to do so the healthier in relative terms. The less able to do so the more neurotic in relative terms. When it comes to psychological health the ability to ‘change’ is impossible to underestimate. Afterall the inability to change at all smacks of autism.
But there is another level (i.e., ‘the’ real level) of psychological being that is relevant to mental health. This level that does not render ego level mental health irrelevant ~ but is very important due to it equating to the ‘True Self’. It is also the universal archetypal level.
May 7th 2019:
Psychology: Participation Mystique and Empathy
(Note: Participation Mystique is also known by many psychoanalysts as ‘Projective Identification).
Participation Mystique = choosing an object and then sucking up to the person with the object… and this is not real (even if some of the choice of object is genuine)… but not real/not authentic because you suck up to some extent for the sake of sucking up to the individual and getting them to (in some way) respond to you in the way that you set out hoping they will respond to you. In that sense its manipulation.
Meanwhile empathy is genuine relating with no agenda.
Q) Is Participation Mystique neurotic?
A) Yes. It involves anxiety. There’s a rather psychologically desperate characteristic to it. And its manipulative. There’s an agenda.
Q) Is empathy a cure for participation mystique?
A) Empathy doesn’t seek anxious power and control. The Empath is as interested in the Other as much as (s)he is interested in him or herself. In that sense the Empath is more at ease relative to the person with a mindstate characterized by Participation Mystique. The empath is deploying no deceit/no agenda.
Q) Does this connect to the things you were saying in your May 4th Paper below (The Mind: The Mythological and the Real)?
A) Yes. Participation Mystique has fake aspects to it. It is partly a mythological mindstate in that its inauthentic.
Q) Say more about neurosis/mental health in relation to this.
A) Living a life of participation mystique conditions anxiety and maintains your weakness. It means you need to compensate with power and control. It is neurotic.
Your ‘truth’ is what will make you strong and free.
May 2nd 2019
Thought about Thought
I reflected on my response before to Ingrid Honkala concerning thought about things needing to be healthy. But I think in order to maximize psychological health, thought must be about thought itself. I think as an NDEr she is likely to agree. The thought must also be unifying. (non-conflict thought). Thus it must not be thought about competing ideas (ouch! Which means I have to change as I do think about such things). Separation is unhealthy/creates conflict. Thought about [non-conflict] thought itself = inner psychologically unifying. Then it requires communication with others… discussed within the context of unifying thought about thought ~ so that its outer world psychosocially unifying.
May 1st 2019
TIME TRAVEL IS REAL
“Time Travel is real”. That is definitely my most revolutionary view. However, I think its self-evident for the following reason…
… Time-Travel is theoretically possible. It is merely an engineering problem (Hawking). Therefore the engineering problem (at some point in time) will have been overcome. Hence, time travel is happening now. Its meaningless to say that its happening in the future but not happening now. Because if its happening in the future then those time-travellers will appear in all times and in all places. Indeed, they’ll be popping up in ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, etc etc.
I do not just say that time travel will occur because the engineering problem will be overcome. True, the desire and temptation to test time travel would be immense in itself. But its far from a case of being… we will merely time travel because we can. There’s the historical accuracy reason for doing so (time travelling Archeologists). But the biggest (most important) reason for time travelling is to save humanity from death. Life and Death are the key words here. Time travellers seed the past with technology. Now lets imagine a sceptic hearing that. (S)he might respond by asking “Why seed the past with tech”? The answer is because I would do so and I do not claim to be more moral than others. The ethical and moral case for doing this cannot be over-stated. Every human being that has ever died could be saved. There was a 19 year old girl from Marske who got killed crossing a road in Redcar a few years ago. (that’s a local news story that comes to my mind). Then think of your own priorities on this issue. (e.g., a close relative who has died). Think of the innocent Paris population gunned down by ISIS terrorists. Think of the kids and adults blown to bits (murdered) by the Manchester bomb at the Ariane Grande concert. Think of the Jews gassed to death during World War 2. Think of individuals involved in horrific accidents who suffered PTSD and then later went on to die from their injuries. You might argue back, well maybe they still exist due to the afterlife. Well we can ensure that they do exist beyond all doubt. That is the point.
Let’s say the sceptic said that what is done is done. If you change the past you change the future. My response is… I doubt it very much. Because on your timeline what is done is done. But I think that when you change the past you create a new branch. So imagine a tree with branches. You do not change a timeline branch. You create a new timeline branch. Hence in some ways the past is only relatively true. And ‘relatively’ here means only true to one branch of the tree. And the tree is probably seemingly infinite. So the past is largely myth. But it is oh so real to those who have lived it.
The sceptic is now turning curious and asks… if your timeline is fixed then what does that mean for free will? I think that’s a fair question. I think that precognitive dreams seem to imply a predetermined future. My answer to the free will or no free will question is… I don’t know.
The curious questioner moves on to the issue of UFO’s and asks… “are they the time-travellers”? My answer is… time travel as theoretically possible and thus merely an engineering problem means that it is happening irrespective of whether contemporary UFO’s have anything to do with it or not. I have no idea what UFO’s are. I only say that the one’s that mess with the U.S. military, airforce and Navy are intelligently controlled. I do not imply anything when I say that. I have no idea what the answer is concerning the intelligence behind UFO’s. Clearly the answer is a secret.
The questioner moves on to a new question, asking when will we experience open communication with time-travellers from other times? The answer is… when we reach the point whereby we are time-travelling ourselves. At that point in time, if we were still experiencing death, we would demand technology from the future that eradicates death. This is an additional reason why the future has to cure death. It will be demanded from the past.
May 1st 2019
Avoidance is carried out by those with attachments and corresponding inner oppositional complexes/outer prejudices.
I no longer have these attachments so I do not possess the inner complexes/outer prejudices. Moreover, I won’t succumb to habitual reactions. Reason = I will remind myself they are merely habitual and that the original illness has been cured.
Personal issues can be left as private. So lets just imagine that ‘football’ was one of my personal issues. (as stand-in for whatever was an issue).
Example) Football (Anger)
Football = attachment.
Change at will (I eradicated football attachment = Football related anger is now impossible).
The ability to change at will is essential for mental health.
What you give power to has power over you. If you give power to ‘X’ its opposite ‘Y’ also has power over you. Y = inner Complex. Inner Complexes are seen in outer prejudices.
May 1st 2019
Inner complexes are seen in outer psychological prejudices
Ability to CHANGE at will is very important. The ability to change means that you can overcome neurotic conditioning attachments. Inability to do so means you cannot heal yourself.
It is common for people to be selectively empathic. But selective empathy results in inner complexes and psychological prejudices concerning any perceived opposition to the selective empathy.
Internalized complexes (and their accompanying outer prejudices) need overcoming through ability to change at will.
The method required to overcome the inner complex and outer prejudice is to eradicate the thing you are empathic with. i.e., you become ‘indifferent’ to the thing you were previously empathic with. In becoming ‘indifferent’ to the thing you were previously empathic with, you automatically eradicate the oppositional complex.
Ultimately I want myself and everyone else to be healthy. If that’s empathy then so be it. But you cannot get there with inner complexes/outer prejudices.
May 1st 2019 (originally written 29 April 2019)
Eradicating Inner Conflict
When thinking about psychological health/ill health I say “Inner complexes are seen in outer psychological prejudices”. Note the inextricable link to ‘conflict’ in that inner/outer neurosis.
Q) How do you eradicate your own inner/outer conflicts?
A) Eradicate any interest that is at all characterized by ‘conflict’. For example I eradicated football in my mind.
Q) What about politics?
A) I have eradicated it in my mind. Just like with football, its now an indifference. Its not a prejudice. If it were a prejudice then both football and politics would still be inner complexes/outer prejudices and I would be in conflict with them. So, to be clear, my mind is indifferent towards them.
Q) You are a Brit so… What about Brexit/Remain which seems to be quite an obsessive issue in the UK?
A) Brexit and Remain are the UK’s classic conflict and it attracts drama queens like a moth to light. I have thought about the cultural significance of this issue a lot. But I have now eradicated the issue from my mind. My mind is indifferent on this issue.
Q) If conflict issues (especially identity issues) are so psychologically poisonous, then what issues are ok for psychological health?
A) Yes, conflict is neurotic. So the answer is to focus on universal answers. For me this means technology eradicating physical, psychological and income problems for all. E.g., eradicating depression with realistic (yet highly safe) simulations such as sledging through a snowy forest. Tech eradicating physical illness thanks to nanotech in the bloodstream. VR creating familiar and unfamiliar worlds that you can live in for no cost.
Q) Sum up the main point in one or two sentences.
A) Eradication of interest in anything in my mind that is characterized partly or fully by ‘conflict’. Support for ‘Universal Tech’.
May 1st 2019
The U.S. Navy and UFO’s: Late last month the U.S. Navy spokesman, Joseph Gradisher, said that “the Navy is updating and formalizing the process by which reports of any such suspected [UFO] incursions can be made to the cognizant authorities. A new message to the fleet that will detail the steps for reporting is in draft”. Gradisher is not saying that biological ET’s are responsible. This is more in-line with my view that the UFO Phenomenon is real. There’s a pattern to it. Its intelligent. We don’t know what it is. Indeed, Gradisher says “We want to get to the bottom of this. We need to determine who’s doing it, where its coming from and what their intent is. We need to try to find ways to prevent it from happening again”. I have no idea how the Navy can work all of that out. I bet against them succeeding.
I remember a few years ago Richard Dolan comparing the Washington Post and BBC… he was making the point that the latter is as bad as the former in its attitude to UFO’s. Well, I think the BBC still merits that criticism because I have never heard a statement from the BBC like this one from a Washington Post reporter: “The Navy has enough credible evidence – including eye witness accounts and corroborating radar information – to know these vehicles fly over the country several times per month, defying laws of physics”. – Deanna Paul, The Washington Post, 25 April 2019.
UFO’s: Capabilities and Origins: If UFO’s are man-made it does not make them less extraordinary. It is their capabilities, not their origins that make them extraordinary. This is especially true if they are man-made due to the fact that the phenomenon is 72 years old… or thousands of years old if you believe Jacques Vallee. (See for example Vallee/Aubeck’s ‘Wonders in the Sky’ book. https://www.amazon.com/Wonders-Sky-Unexplained-Objects-Antiquity/dp/1585428205/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=vallee+wonders+in+the+sky&qid=1556713927&s=books&sr=1-1-fkmrnull
Some of the capabilities: Popping in-and-out of existence. Seemingly teleporting. Zig-Zag movements. Silence. Hovering. Separating from other UFO’s and then re-uniting (i.e., that last one well-and-truly seems to me to be for purposes of proving intelligence).
May 1st 2019 (originally written 25 April 2019)
The Bias to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) is also the Pop Culture (mythological) side of the UFO Phenomenon
The bias to the ETH is explained as follows…
… Lets contrast the ETH with Human Time Travel Theory (and to a lesser extent with other theories which I will touch on in brackets). Take the Victorian author H.G. Wells as a starting point. He wrote about ET’s in his fictional classic The War of the Worlds. True he wrote a classic Time Travel book as well called The Time Machine. However, the Time Machine was not a UFO. It was not something seen in the skies. This ‘linking or not linking’ point is the key to what I am saying in this paper. (There was no Victorian era interdimensional fiction, simulator fiction, Strong AI fiction that was linked to UFOs. The concepts did not exist). Forward to the 20th century and early TV. There were popular black and white movies about ETs linked to UFOs. In the 1970s, the Stephen Spielberg movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind pushed the ETH, further connecting UFOs and ETs into public consciousness. Jacques Vallee, who was involved with the movie, advised Spielberg against promoting the ETH, as Vallee takes the view that we do not know what the intelligence behind the UFO is. But Spielberg said that the ETH is what the viewers want so that is what he will give them.
Further on in the early 1980s there was even a classic movie titled ‘ET’, again linked to UFOs. Then into the 1990s there was a regular famous show, ‘The X-Files’, that linked ET’s to UFOs. Again, in the 1980s there was the ‘Back to the Future’ movies but none of the Back to the Future movies were linked to UFO’s or things seen in the skies. Indeed, I cannot think of any time-travel movie linked to UFO’s. This again biases the ETH as the cultural mythological projection onto UFO’s because all ET related movies that I can think of ‘are’ linked to UFOs. (Meanwhile, even as the concepts of interdimensional universe, digital simulations, and Strong AI have come into existence there is still no fiction that I can think of that links any of them to UFO’s).
My view is… if, within popular culture the UFO’s had been linked to ‘Time Travel’ from the time of H.G. Wells to the present day, then that would be the dominant theory in peoples minds concerning what these UFO’s are. It would not make the theory of time travel any more (or any less) true. But the linking would become internalized in many peoples minds. (I am tempted to say if UFO’s had been linked to Simulators, or Interdimensionals, or Strong AI from Wells time to the 21st century then that theory would have become the favoured theory of the masses. However, people had no concept for such things until recently, hence why I primarily demonstrated my point using time travel theory as people did possess the concept of time-travel in their minds as far back as the 1800s… so it is a fair comparison to the ETH).
In conclusion I regard the ETH as a mythological projection (a positive prejudice) onto the UFO field, thus infecting it with an unwarranted cultural time/place specific bias… the same as any other epoch’s cultural biases onto the unknown. It is therefore unscientific. This does not mean that the intelligence behind the UFO is not extraterrestrial. But it has no more likelihood than the other potential theories (human/human time-traveler/interdimensional/simulator/strong AI from other planets or dimensions). Indeed, maybe we do not possess a concept concerning what the true interpretation is. After-all as I have said in this paper, the Victorians did not possess concepts for most of the possible theories.
The Witness accounts demonstrate a pattern of extraordinary maneuvers by UFOs, of blinking in and out of existence and of displaying intelligence by, for example, separating and reuniting. At other times they display intelligence by toying with planes. There are other patterns too. For example, burning vegetation, and burning people who get to close to the UFO, giving them nausea symptoms and even temporary blindness. These intelligent UFOs are frequently tracked by radar. It is the pattern in the data that gives the UFO Phenomenon credibility. It means that it is a real phenomenon with intelligence controlling the UFO. It is to be distinguished sharply from the pop culture mythological side of the phenomenon, as it is that side of the Ufology that made the field ripe for ridicule. The UFO Phenomenon is real, intelligent, there is a pattern to it… but we do not know what the intelligence is. That is what the ‘U’ is for… the ‘U’ stands for ‘Unidentified’.
MAY 1st 2019:
I am still interested in NDE Simulations. However, I am changing this site to a more general blog covering other interests of mine.
A science fiction novel set in the year 2020, the Simulation Station follows a university student – Patrick Clifford- along his life journey. The story involves recent developments in science and the way these might evolve in the near future. Pat goes through a series of unexpected events along the way as he builds a team and starts a very important quantum software project which could change the course of history.
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THE SIMULATED NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE PROJECT
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Virtual Reality will contribute to curing depression: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6949673/Virtual-reality-cure-depression.html
LIVING IN VIRTUAL REALITY IS THE FUTURE
The above video expresses how I have been thinking about VR for years. Its what I am meaning when I refer to “full immersion virtual reality incorporating all 5 senses” … and I sometimes add… “connected to the internet for communications and google earthed”. Of course, it is not physically healthy to live like that right now. But once we are kept healthy from within (nanotech) then it will be physically healthy to live in VR. I would add a couple of more developments that need to (and will) occur. (1) The headset will be miniaturized and (2) smell, taste and physical touch will be added to the already outstanding visual and auditory senses.
Virtual reality adds to tourism through touch, smell and real people’s experiences
Spiritual VR Experience: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/998016373574782
Look at how realistic the Home looks on the Oculus VR Video. https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1432150526836829/ You need to forward it to 50 seconds into the video before you start to see the home. Of course full immersion VR will add all the other senses… not just vision. Hence also smell, taste, hearing, touch.
10 years ago I discovered a way to contact Ray Kurzweil. (email messaging). Note he no longer uses the email account that I am referring to.
The question I put to Ray was … “I can’t resist asking…What percentage of people alive today (with say a margin of error of 10%) do you think will still be alive in 200 years?” The answer was “Order of magnitude: 50%.”
And here’s some extracts (concerning full immersion virtual reality) taken from Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity is Near.
Page 29) “As virtual reality from within the nervous system becomes competitive with real reality in terms of resolution and believability, our experiences will increasingly take place in virtual environments”.
Page 313 – 316) “The 2030 Scenario. Nanobot technology will provide fully immersive, totally convincing virtual reality. Nanobots will take up positions in close physical proximity to every interneuronal connection coming from our senses. […] If we want to experience real reality, the nanobots just stay in position (in the capillaries) and do nothing. If we want to enter virtual reality, they suppress all of the inputs coming from our actual senses and replace them with the signals that would be appropriate for the virtual environment. Your brain experiences these signals as if they came from your physical body. After all, the brain does not experience the body directly. […] your brain will experience the synthetic signals just as it would real ones. You could decide to cause your muscles and limbs to move as you normally would, but the nanobots would intercept those interneuronal signals, suppress your real limbs from moving, and instead cause your virtual limbs to move, appropriately adjusting your vestibular system and providing the appropriate movement and reorientation in the virtual environment.
The web will provide a panoply of virtual environments to explore. Some will be re-creations of real places; others will be fanciful environments that have no counterpart in the physical world. Some, indeed, would be impossible, perhaps because they violate the laws of physics. We will be able to visit these virtual places and have any kind of interaction with other real, as well as simulated, people (of course, ultimately there won’t be a clear distinction between the two), ranging from business negotiations to sensual encounters. “Virtual-reality environment designer” will be a new job description and a new art form.
Become Someone Else. In virtual reality we won’t be restricted to a single personality, since we will be able to change our appearance and effectively become other people. Without altering our physical body (in real reality) we will be able to readily transform our projected body in these three-dimensional virtual environments. We can select different bodies at the same time for different people. So your parents may see you as one person, while your girlfriend will experience you as another. However, the other person may choose to over-ride your selections, preferring to see you differently than the body you have chosen for yourself. You could pick different body projections for different people: Ben Franklin for a wise uncle, a clown for an annoying coworker. Romantic couples can choose who they wish to be, even to become each other. These are all easily changeable decisions.
I had the opportunity to experience what it is like to project myself as another persona in a virtual-reality demonstration at the 2001 TED (technology, entertainment, design) conference in Monterey. By means of magnetic sensors in my clothing a computer was able to track all of my movements. With ultrahigh-speed animation the computer created a life-size, near photorealistic image of a young woman – Ramona – who followed my movements in real time. Using signal-processing technology, my voice was transformed into a woman’s voice and also controlled the movements of Ramona’s lips. So it appeared to the TED audience as if Ramona herself were giving the presentation.
To make the concept understandable, the audience could see me and see Ramona at the same time, both moving simultaneously in exactly the same way. A band came onstage, and I – Ramon – performed Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit,” as well as an original song. My daughter, then fourteen, also transformed into those of a male backup dancer – who happened to be a virtual Richard Saul Wurman, the impressario of the TED conference. The hit of the presentation was seeing Wurman – not known for his hip-hop moves – convincingly doing my daughters dance steps. Present in the audience was the creative leadership of Warner Bros; who then went off and created the movie Simone, in which the character played by Al Pacino transforms himself into Simone in essentially the same way.
The experience was a profound and moving one for me. When I looked in the “cybermirror” (a display showing me what the audience was seeing), I saw myself as Ramona rather than the person I usually see in the mirror. I experienced the emotional force – and not just the intellectual idea – of transforming myself into someone else.
People’s identities are frequently closely tied to their bodies (“I’m a person with a big nose”, “I’m skinny,” “I’m a big guy,” and so on). I found the opportunity to become a different person liberating. All of us have a variety of personalities that we are capable of conveying but generally suppress them since we have no readily available means of expressing them. Today we have very limited technologies available – such as fashion, makeup, and hairstyle – to change who we are for different relationships and occasions, but out palette of personalities will greatly expand in future full-immersion virtual reality environments.
In addition to encompassing all of the senses, these shared environments can include emotional overlays. Nanobots will be capable of generating the neurological correlates of emotions, sexual pleasure, and other derivatives of our sensory experience and mental reactions. Experiments during open brain surgery have demonstrated that stimulating certain specific parts in the brain can trigger emotional experiences (for example, the girl who found everything funny when stimulated in a particular spot of her brain, as I reported in The Age of Spiritual Machines). Some emotions and secondary reactions involve a pattern of activity in the brain rather than the stimulation of a specific neuron, but with the massively distributed nanobots, stimulating these patterns will also be feasible.
Page 317) Nanobots will be introduced without surgery, through the bloodstream, and if necessary can all be directed to leave, so the process is easily reversible. They are programmable, in that they can provide virtual reality one minute and a variety of brain extensions the next. […] Perhaps most important, they are massively distributed and therefore can take up billions of positions throughout the brain, whereas a surgically introduced neural implant can be placed only in one or at most a few locations”.
Page 341 – 342) “By the late 2020s, [full immersion virtual reality] will be indistinguishable from real reality and will involve all of the senses, as well as neurological correlations of our emotions. As we enter the 2030s there won’t be clear distinctions between human and machine, between real and virtual reality, or between work and play”.
Page 397) “We will spend increasing portions of our time in virtual environments and will be able to have any type of desired experience with anyone, real or simulated, in virtual reality”.
Reference) Kurzweil, R, 2005, The Singularity is Near: When Humans transcend Biology (Penguin Books).
Full Immersion VR: The visual side of VR is already very impressive. Hearing is improving. The tactile sense (touch) is progressing each year. The potential for such a technology is limitless. One of my contacts on Twitter is Gemma Evans (who until recently was the host of Sky News Swipe technology programme). In 2017 I suggested a VR question that she should discuss on one of the programmes and she did precisely that. This is our twitter exchange that led to the question being asked: https://twitter.com/GemmaEvans/status/828633300658954240
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VIRTUAL REALITY VIDEO
What does it mean to say that technology will become Ubiquitous?
It means technology will be everywhere. It isn’t everywhere at the moment. Most people seem to think in terms of Artificial Intelligence. (AI). They are right to do so. But they would be equally right to think in terms of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). It is well documented that in the outer world AI’s will be doing everything humans do. They will possess human level intelligence. Indeed, they will have higher than human level intelligence. Once they have reached the ability to communicate as effectively as biological humans then we are at the stage of not knowing that we are talking to an AI when booking an appointment or making a reservation on the phone. At present we have Weak AI. Weak AI does this-or-that specific task. But when it’s human level intelligence its strong AI. Strong AI possesses General Level Intelligence. Just like a biological human it is not restricted to a specific task. But as said, technology will be ubiquitous. Hence it goes beyond just the outside world. The doctor will be within you. i.e., nanobots in the bloodstream. This is getting seriously ubiquitous as you can now start to understand what is meant by ubiquitous technology. It’s outside you and its inside you. And as great as it is that nanobots will keep you healthy from within, they are also going to be connecting you to the immersive VR world. (Full immersion virtual reality incorporating all 5 senses). This will inevitably be nicknamed the ‘Matrix’. For many years I have put a big fat question mark over whether or not people will still be interested in the outer world? I will leave that question unanswered. But there will be an inbetween. The inbetween is augmented reality whereby you can see digital products, e.g., in your front-room. And like a light switch you can switch them on and off. Hey, clutter be-gone! Tidying up has never been so easy! Interestingly getting into the fully immersive VR world (the Matrix) will be as simple as A-B-C. I am not sure how it will be done yet but think about it… the VR is within you hence you don’t as much as swallow a pill. (you will have already done something like that!). I am guessing that it will be something closer to keying in a pin number (yes I am borrowing from cash machine logic here). I am not saying that is what it will be keying in a number… but the reason why I say it will be something like that is because it will have to be something that is more than just blinking your eyes… otherwise we would be accidentally going into the VR world while busy crossing a busy road or walking with hot drinks in your hands etc.
I think I have made my point. Technology will be ubiquitous. It will be inside of you, outside of you, and in the form of Augmented Reality in will even be inbetween the digital and physical worlds. Everywhere.