Matt Heard

Software developer and philosopher in Berlin
01 Apr 2015

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.

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