Thursday, 21 February 2008

First Nanoskein Murder in Second Life

"First Nanoskein Murder in Second Life to be investigated by the LAPD!"

Yes a fictional news headline. It could however be a plausible scenario in the not too distant future!

The science behind immersive technologies are moving forwards at a whirlwind pace. With soon to be retailed headsets that can literally read your thoughts or at the very least the many billions of neurons firing away in our soggy cranial matter. Paper thin displays and clothing replete with embedded technology, could (shoppers willing) be with us, for general use, in the next five to ten years.

Imagine all the sensations of been, for example, on a battlefield! Crawling through hedges or jumping into a muddy field. Having someone caress and stroke you, all within the peaceful surroundings of your own home, cocooned in a virtual nirvana!

To some the above will sound like some Orwellian nightmare. After all what about the human touch? The human aspect of existence?

But there are already people who are ostracising themselves from the ills and troubles that plague so many of their fellow species; hiding behind walled and gated compounds in the developing world, let alone the developed.

So where does it go? Will legislature ensure such things don't happen, are not legally allowed?

Well they've so far not had much luck in the outlawing of drugs or for that matter, anything illicit that a fair groundswell of people wish to acquire.

So we can safely say it will happen. Now just have to wait for that rainbow to come this way!

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