January 11, 2013

Why Leaping from a Virtual Reality Cliff Is Scary

Bonnie Tsui, Pacific Standard


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IN THE 1982 SCIENCE-FICTION NOVEL Software, an elderly character named Cobb Anderson trades in his frail human body for an android avatar and then sets out on an unusual mission: to start a cult. The old man’s new body allows him to alter his appearance at will, which turns out to be handy for gathering disciples.

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TAGGED: Avatars, Virtual Reality, Psychology

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