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Source: Mona Lisa Overdrive, Page: 56

There's no there, there. They taught that to children, explaining cyberspace. She remembered a smiling tutor's lecture in the arcology's executive crèche, images shifting on a screen: pilots in enormous helmets and clumsy-looking gloves, the neuroelectronically primitive "virtual world" technology linking them more effectively with their planes, pairs of miniature video terminals pumping them a computer-generated flood of combat data, the vibro-tactle feedback gloves providing a touch-world of studs and triggers. . . As the technology evolved, the helmets shrank, the video terminals atrophied. .."

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This beautiful quote sums up in a paragraph the devoutly hoped for future of virtual reality systems. It is also, based on trends over the past 40 years or so, extremely accurate. The VR interfaces of today - the true VR interfaces, as opposed to a monitor, mouse and keyboard - will continue to shrink and atrophy, as we require less and less, use of the physical form to access and control interaction with the virtual.

VR is, or should be, a realm of the mind. As we learn more, and create stronger, cheaper materials; as Moore?s law grinds inexorably onward, there will indeed come a time when the interface is just a jack, and nothing more.

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About the Book 'Mona Lisa Overdrive'
By William Gibson
Produced By Spectra

Mona Lisa Overdrive, penned in 1988, is the third and final book of William Gibson?s Sprawl trilogy, and also, his third book. Following on the heels of Neuromancer and Count Zero, Overdrive is by far the most lightweight of the trio, basing more in reflected glory from the other books, than attempting to stand on its own.

Set in the same world as the other two, some twenty years after Count Zero, it has lost the feeling of fast-paced change, as both technologically and culturally it feels almost stagnant, unchanging.

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