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The Unfulfilled Promises of Virtual Reality

"Virtual reality holds the key to the evolution of the human mind" - Dr. Lawrence Angelo, a terrible film (1992)

The term "virtual reality" was coined by dreadlocked theorist Jaron Lanier (left) in the '80s, and quickly succumb to much hype, theorization, and sci-fi speculation. "Home Reality Engines" were going to revolutionize daily lives. People were going to turn into cats and prowl cyberspace, navigate file structures by zipping through miles of glowing electronic cabinets, and make sweet love to all sorts of virtual womens. It was all very poetic and exciting.

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