Also worth pointing out - with those simulated reality technologies, we can start seriously modifying *actual* reality.
Let us pretend that brain in a jar and its computer are mounted in the chest of a cyborg who is spending the weekend as a centaur, or something. (Why a centaur? Why not.) We have the animatronics *now*. Same technology, very different application.
Posted by contraterrine on 12/18 at 09:03 AM
I certainly hope that as we and our culture evolves that other human beings will still come first on our lives and priorities in any reality, simulated or otherwise.
However, looking at the very low level of civility one seen on the net between strangers does not bode well of things to come.
I think that this might be another example of tech outpacing human biological and social evolutionary development, the tool ready before the ape wielding it is.