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a term first coined by the writer William Gibson in his award-winning 1984 novel
Neuromancer, has been described as "an infinite artificial world where "humans
navigate in information-based space" and as "the ultimate computer-human
interface" - a world behind the computer screen as magical and marvelous
as the one Alice discovered behind her looking-glass. However one defines it,
the "virtual reality" known as cyberspace is clearly both the strangest
and most radically innovative of today's computer developments. These original
contributions by leading thinkers in computer science, architecture, the visual
arts, philosophy, anthropology, and industry, provide an insider's view of this
(literally) mind-bending new technology. |
Cyberspace: First Steps focuses on the theoretical and conceptual issues involved in the design, use, and effects of virtual environments, offering fictions, predictions, and proposals - forming a collective search for appropriate metaphors and possible structures that might provide the basis for future virtual worlds.
Contributors discuss the philosophical basis for cyberspace in ancient thought, the relevance of the body in virtual realities, basic communications principles for cyberspace, the coming dematerializaton of architecture, the logic of graphic representation into the third dimension, the design of a noncentralized system for multiparticipant cyberspaces, the ramifications of cyberspace for future workplaces, and a great deal more.
Michael Benedikt is Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and is CEO of Mental Technology, Inc.
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