I have just spent two months as a guest researcher at the University of Nottingham's Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL). Although the British concepts of food and weather may leave something to be desired, the MRL is the place to be if you want to find out about the latest technology for social interaction and cooperation. When a television crew visits, I am told to "sit in the background and look boffiny""boffin" being an endearingly British term that conjures up a vision of eccentric men in white lab coats who invent strange and wondrous things. I never thought of myself…
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