always be built like Arnold Schwartzenegger and look like Brad
Pitt . So what if youre an acne-faced squirt of goo who
couldnt punch your way out of a paper bag. In the virtual
world you can look however you like. Roam down the virtual highways
as a gorilla; storm the chat rooms as Roseanne Barr; fight your
way through Quake 14 as Colonel Grossman. The only limits are
your own imagination. While your body atrophies in the Life Coffin,
your mind is energized by an environment with no boundaries. What
will I do today? What wont I do today!
is totally customizable. Screw sitting in your bedroom smacking
away at a keyboard. Put me on a beach with sun and surf and turn
off the gravity on me. Ill just float here by my umbrella.
Ah yes. Ill need waiters too. And cute chicks wafting cool
air over me with giant palm tree leaves. No wait, make it a hot
tub on the deck of a big comfy chalet somewhere in the snowy alps.
interaction is better than ever. Now heres where all the
naysayers are shouting, Boo! But have you ever woken
up next to someone with horrible morning breath? Yeck. In Cyberspace
you can go to a party and everyone there has the perfect body
and the perfect face (or conversely, go to a party where everyone
looks like my butt). And you can go home with any one of them
and have completely care-free wild sex and itll be the safest
sex you ever have. You dont like someone? Ignore them. I
mean actively ignore them. Put them in your Ignore List and youll
never see them or hear from them again. Cyberspace will make it
so much easier to meet people who have interests like your own.
When you consider that you can immediately be connected with people
around the world who are just like you, thats gotta be a
lot easier than how it is now.
are....fantastic. As hardware improves Im always amazed
at how far gaming technology progresses. Imagine what kind of
games people will come up with when we have full fledged Virtual
Reality on our hands. I want to wander through a dungeon wearing
virtual armor with a virtual sword in my hands and fight a virtual
fire-breathing dragon. That would rock. And you know the funny
thing? I dont want it to look too real. I want it to look
more like a cross between Diablo and one of the TV shows like
Beast Machines. I mean, this is fantasy right? The reality is
just a bit too harsh for me. Make it a bit more cartoony and Im
all for it.
a great way to meet aliens. Yeah, you heard me. Real aliens from
other worlds with funky antennae and green skin and bulging eyes.
You see, sailing through space is just such an inefficient way
to meet other beings. One of these days well invent a device
that carries signals instantaneously from point to point over
any distance, and well discover a whole new internet connecting
billions of stars across the universe. Earth will just be another
node in a star topology. Hanker down and discuss universe-beat
issues with 3-headed grogonites on planet Zedumulus; visit a virtual
rendition of the exploding art of one Magmulatin Gelutomous on
the primate world of Zeta Beta 6; play some Quake 14 with
7of9 of Borg. Cool. Bring it on.
so Im a geek. I like technology and computers and how the
world is progressing. While this article has focused on the things
I look forward to in Cyberspace, there is another column in me
that discusses the negative things. But for now, this is RadPipe,
dreaming of the day when I can eat cookies in bed and not worry