Mirror Worlds

Mirror Worlds : or The Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox... How it Will Happen and What it Will Mean

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Imagine looking at your computer screen and seeing reality--an image of your city, for instance, complete with moving traffic patterns, or a picture that sketches the state of an entire corporation at this second. These representations are called Mirror Worlds, and according to David Gelernter they will soon be available to everyone. Mirror Worlds are high-tech voodoo dolls: by interacting with the images, you interact with reality. Indeed, Mirror Worlds will revolutionize the use of computers, transforming them from (mere) handy tools to crystal balls which will allow us to see the world more vividly and see into it more deeply.

In this fascinating book Gelernter takes us on a guided tour of the computer technology of the near future. Mirror Worlds, he contends, will allow us to explore the world in unprecedented depth and detail without leaving the comfort of home. And he doesn't just speculate about how this amazing new software will be used--he shows us how it will be made, explaining carefully and in detail how to build a Mirror World using technology already available.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • halftones, line figures
  • 019507906X
  • 9780195079067
  • 1,246,620

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'most unusual and perhaps most speculative'
Clifford A. Pickover, Nature 'This is a fascinating book, and important from the point of view of thinking about the future of software. It's also very easy to read, being written in a conversational style, not American academic jargon.'
The Guardian
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About David Gelernter

David Gelernter is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Yale University and an expert in programming languages and methods, and in artificial intelligence.
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Table of contents

Mirror worlds?; The orb; Disembodied machines; Space, time and multi-time; The deluge; Simple mind machines; Building mirror worlds; Epilogue; Notes; Index.
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