Daniel Terdiman: okay...so why don't you start off by explaining your premise of how Avatar presages the future of 3D virtual worlds?
Bruce Damer: Cameron and his team developed a 'virtual camera' which as he walked through the set, he could see the virtual terrain. This was possible in a very crude fashion with the VR of the early 1990s, but today it is called AR (Augmented Reality). What Cameron was doing on the set of Avatar is possibly and probably a glimpse into the future of Avatars (multi user virtual worlds in Cyberspace)
Daniel Terdiman: how do you see this manifesting in future consumer-oriented virtual worlds?
Bruce Damer: So for example, if you combine the
In Vernor Vinge's superb novel Rainbows End, the characters use a kind of contact lens that gives them a parallel vista into the virtual landscape mapped around them on the physical landscape. Its a breathtaking vision for the late 2020s.
Daniel Terdiman: you think that far from now?