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Virtualisation – 1

Virtualisation – to be able to represent the real world by some abstract means is necessary to be conscious and provides the tools to develop intelligence. Symbols (language, maths  etc)  allow us to share virtualisations and interact via them.

Virtualisation is nothing new but it is the degree to which it is carried out that provides the advantage. Spoken language – written language – telephony – the internet – these have been the major developments in virtualisation through history.

In this early part of the 21st century citizens of the developed nations live with virtualisation unimaginable 150 years ago – mobile phones, TV, radio and of course the Internet. Virtualisations have had major impacts on society – consider the printing press or how TV has affected how we spend our time.

It is anticipated that virtualisations mediated by the Internet will have a major impact on society- consider the current developments involving remote working and learning, the rapid rise of social networking, web 2 and virtual worlds. Consider the amount of time people now spend with electronic virtualisation each day – TV, radio, electronic games, telephones, email, social networks, web sites.  It is expected that the amount of time we spend in virtual worlds will increase – however, there are only so many hours in the day.

How will we cope?

What will be the effects on the real world and real society?

What about equal opportunities?

How will these virtual words develop?

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September 2, 2007 Posted by | IT and society, virtualsation | Leave a comment