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Gibson Matrix

A slang term for virtual world, brought about by reference to William Gibson and his 1984 novel Neuromancer, from which many of our current concepts of VR directly derive.

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William Gibson is considered by many to be the father of the Cyberpunk genre, as his first novel, ?Neuromancer? was the first mainstream-popular cyberpunk novel, despite coming out in 1982, 14 years after the start of the genre.

An introduction to philosophy book, third in the ?Popular Culture and Philosophy? series, The Matrix and Philosophy is a collection of essays that mediate on the nature of existence, using the film The Matrix, and the simulation of total reality as a frame of reference.

The sequel to ?The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real?, this book continues the work of the first, by mediating on the nature of existence, using the film The Matrix, and the simulation of total reality as a frame of reference.

The Matrix is one of the most prominent mainstream adaptations of VR. Not necessarily the best, not by a long shot, it is still the one most mainstream individuals bring to mind when VR is mentioned. In this list, we strive to index all Matrix-related resources held upon this site, in order to aid your search for like material.

Matrix Revolutions picks up right where Matrix Reloaded left off. This is perhaps unsurprising, as the two are essentially one long film, split into two parts. Whilst both lack the raw power of the original, Revolutions is the better film, as it ties things up into logical conclusions, and could stand alone. The same could not be said for Reloaded.

The second part of the continung story of the Matrix, the massive film franchise that brought VR into the public spotlight for a time.

The Matrix, much over-hyped, and copied. How real is it really? Is such a world really possible? Mmm...

Brainstorm is essentially a film along the lines of SimStim, or Simulated Stimulation. It came along in 1983, long before virtual reality was a mainstream concept for the first time. It is nowhere near the level of colourful fluff that covers blockbuster VR films like ?the Matrix?, but, at the same time it more than holds its own. Brainstorm doesn?t deal with virtual reality par se, but rather with a similar technology, that of SimStim. It doesn?t refer to it as SimStim, which was coined in the earlier William Gibson novel ?Neuromancer?, but that is exactly what it is. Using a sensory jack to record one person?s senses and emotions, then playing them back to another person, as a wholesale experience.

This disc is not one of the film disks, but it is a 163 minute long documentary covering the concept of the Matrix, the making of the films, and the impact it had on eceryone involved in a project of this size and scope. Definitely a worth watch for anyone.


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Matrix Online, that much-riddiculed MMO sequel to the films that lost all plot, has now been set back by production delays. According to Sega and Warner Bros, The Matrix Online will miss the shipping deadline in November, and will likely no...

The creators of the EFIT-V forensic facial composite software describe how it works and recent successes with police services in the UK in the current issue of the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics.

Sony Online has taken firm control of besiieged MMO Matrix Online, and it is taking action to curb the downwards spiral of this little-loved world. Currently spread across nine world-servers, Sony is axing six of these machines from 2nd of ...

(Press Release) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is pleased to announce the launch of Data Node One, the official The Matrix Online Community website. Data Node One will provide the very latest in news, features, and game information ...

An interview conducted by ign.com with Monolith's William Westwater reveals a great deal about The Matrix Online the upcoming MMO based on the films - it is essentially a standard-fare beat'em'up computer game made massively multi...