Snow Crash thoughts
Immersive virtual reality experiences may be only years, if not months, away. Despite enthusiasts’ suspicion and hostility to the announcement, Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus gives it a prime position for hosting the Street-like public hub. However, the majority of social interactions will be in private rooms like the Black Sun and Hiro Protagonist’s office in Snow Crash. A federated social network could allow a heavy user to self-host and a casual user to connect through Facebook and both share the same virtual space. Rooms could establish realism standards and exclude avatars which break the immersion, encouraging investment in new designs.
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- “I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire Oculus VR…” by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
- Distributed social network, Wikipedia (EN)
The image above was remixed using the following source image:
- “Virtual Morality Experiment” (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)