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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (75 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Blascovich, Jeremy Bailenson Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, fifty, and five hundred years?

Two innovative scientists 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.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An exhilarating book…Blascovich and Bailenson are ideally situated to write this guide to the new world…Infinite Reality a must-read for anyone who wants to prepare for the coming revolution.”  

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Read this book if you want to understand the future.” 

    Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget  

  • “Brilliant, farsighted, and fascinating, Infinite Reality is an essential guide to our futures.”  

    Philip Zimbardo, professor emeritus of psychology, Stanford University, and author of The Lucifer Effect 

  • Infinite Reality sends chills down the spine.” 

    Michael S. Gazzaniga, director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara 

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Daron Yondem | 5/26/2013

    " Good introduction showing the effect and the potential of virtual reality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bing | 5/24/2013

    " It was an interesting overview of virtual reality. As a generalist, and not a hardcore VR person (never been on Second Life, for example), I learned some things. Too much of it read like a laundry list of experiments past, however, and I would have enjoyed more synthesis and prediction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Eric Pelot | 4/28/2013

    " Nothing too much new to me here. Talks about how what we perceive is what is real to us... even if it's all virtual. He goes on to say that more of our interactions with the world will become 'virtualized' over time. Interesting point, but not the most interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edwin | 4/5/2013

    " Good reading - especially to those interesting in the digital revolution "

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About the Author

Jim Blascovich is the director and cofounder of the Research Center for Virtual Environments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is distinguished professor of psychology. Professor Blascovich has served as the president of international scientific societies, including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and he has been invited to lecture on social neuroscience and virtual reality topics worldwide.