Every day in countless interactions you and I use media to immerse ourselves in virtual environments of information, gaming, video, and social networking. For these moments we are not fully present in our rooms, offices, and streets. Connected by interfaces our brains simulate a presence in a different environment, one engineered of bits, but made tangible and sensible as clever virtual images, sounds, and touch. With each new advance in presence technologies the strength of the illusions increases slightly. With each step we feel ever more present with virtual others in work and play, our minds joining networked tribes running together in virtual worlds.
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