The writer of ‘Snow Crash’ is working for an augmented actuality firm
Neal Stephenson’s immersive swordfighting recreation won’t have panned out, however that is not deterring him from diving head-first into new know-how ventures. The Snow Crash author is now the Chief Futurist for Magic Leap, the secretive augmented actuality startup that sparked a whole lot of buzz in October. He’ll be discovering methods to make sensible use of the corporate’s know-how. He got here onboard after the corporate bowled him over with a demo — its “synthesized mild area” can idiot your mind into perceiving digital depth with out resorting to primary tips like stereoscopy, he says.
As to the place he sees Magic Leap going? Stephenson believes the tech can be helpful for not simply immersive video games, however artists, educators and anybody else uninterested in 2D visuals. It’s going to be attainable to “attainable to rise up off the sofa and transfer… wherever on the face of the earth the story may take you,” he says. That is a bit hyperbolic for a corporation that has but to unveil its centerpiece product, not to mention ship it. Nonetheless, the partnership is acceptable — Stephenson is greatest-recognized for his early portrayals of digital worlds, so he may as properly attempt to make them a sensible actuality.
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