The author claims that, in our progress, in a techno-logos driven linear and literal way of dealing with reality, we are moving from a macro-cosmic sense of the reality of being to a microscopic knowledge of truth. In the "mythic" vision of reality, the ground is naturally spiritual, but in the "un-reality" that we now approach, the ground is virtually artificial, as in the new singularity and a data based reality. This is not a change in reality, but a change in the human who is becoming focused on data, technos, and mediation, rather than the essence of nature-earth as not only the unique habitat of the unique human and other beings, but the essence of reality which is manifested in the existence of life. This is the real ground of reality, but it requires relationship and experience. The usual example the author gives is that between water, as nature, and human being as an organism, and in this relationship, it can be seen that the essence of water is in the experience of drinking, not in the knowledge and ideas about water. This is a way to look at nature as essence, and life as the manifestation of that essence. In our megatrend, we are moving from this essence being the vision of reality being naturally spiritual toward reality being virtually artificial. Another way of saying this is the move from reality of being to the reality of knowing, or from a macro-cosmic reality to a microscopic truth.
Virtual reality has been a major influence in the development of information organization and management. Furthermore, it has also changed the process of designing information systems to make them more suitable for required applications. This book covers a wide range of applications of virtual reality and developments occurring in this field. The book discusses the applications of virtual reality in varied fields such as robot technology, industry and construction, and multimedia technology. This book will be beneficial for readers interested in learning more about the field of virtual reality.
This book is the fruit of many years of experience on the creation of synthetic worldsandvirtualrealities.Ourgoalistotransmitthisexperiencetostudents and ease the learning curve required to master the creation of Virtual Reality (VR) applications. We start by providing some brief answers to key questions such as: where did VR come from? what are the main concepts that help us understand this research ?eld? what are the current VR trends? and last but not least, how can we create virtual worlds? Throughout the book we consider the terms virtual environment, v- tualworld and VRapplication asequivalentconcepts: computer-generated environments mainly composed of interactive computer graphics, designed to physically and/or psychologically immerse one or more users in an alternative reality. The ?rst part of the book makes a review of the basic theoretical and practical concepts involved in the visual aspect of virtual environments. We startbypresentingthebasicmathematicalfoundationsforthesynthesisof3D graphics, includingbasicmodelingandrenderingtechniques.Acomprehensive review of the state of the art of computer animation closes this part."
In recent years, virtual teams have become a feature of most corporate workplaces, yet few academic programs prepare students to work in virtual teams, and few textbooks support the development of key skills for virtual teamwork. The primary purpose of this book is to enable higher education students to participate in virtual teams with students from other institutions, who potentially operate in different countries, time zones, and/or cultures. The book guides students through the process of working in virtual team projects for their classes, and helps them to engage with the learning experiences, and to respond to potential challenges. The book is directed towards students within any of the following disciplines: Business; Information Technology; Communication Studies; and Engineering. One section of the book also guides teachers through the process of organizing virtual team projects, and explores the teacher/teacher collaboration that is an inevitable consequence of organizing inter-institutional student virtual team projects. It provides advice for teachers on how to manage administrative challenges such as conflicting institutional schedules and grading mechanisms. In addition, it discusses research themes and data gathering and analysis techniques for teachers who wish to publish findings about the virtual team process and outcomes. As well as students and teachers, the book is also useful for researchers exploring any of the following themes: Technology use in virtual teams; Communication strategies and international communication in virtual teams; Communities of learning, e-learning, and virtual teams; Challenges of virtual teamwork; Planning a virtual team collaboration project; and Gathering and analyzing data about virtual collaboration.
The Dangers of Questioning Reality: A Literary Album is a collection of reflections from Victor Penro. These are meant to be mental songs often mimicking modern rock aesthetics or downtempo songs.
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