If telephone, radio, film, and TV defined life in the 20th century, the virtual world is the one true new medium of the 21st. The virtual world combines aspects of all these earlier technologies creating something novel in human experience. This column is dedicated to a brief exploration of the origins, evolution, and future of this profound new medium. If we define the virtual world as a place described by words or projected through pictures, which creates a space in the imagination real enough that you can feel you are inside of it, then the painted caves of our…
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