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Stephenson's Metaverse is a virtual reality space, a completely immersive computer-generated experience whose users have minimal ability to interact with the real world. In contrast to this fictional vision is today's burgeoning field of augmented reality (AR), a technology that superimposes visual information or other data in front of one's view of the real world.
CULTURE & ARTS
Two of the most provocative shorts screened during CAAMfest 2015 focused on how technology has changed our lives. In a nine-minute fantasy filmed at Lighthouse Waffles and Cake in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, director Wen Ren examined the impact of smartphones, online dating and social media on real-life interactions between human beings.
Microsoft made a splash last month when it unveiled a concept that, until now, we've only seen in movies: glasses that project interactive holographic images onto the real world. Dubbed "HoloLens," they can be used to learn how to make household repairs, build prototypes in mid-air, and even take a virtual walk on Mars.