Could one attempt to make a virtual world that does not mimic or replicate concepts orienting from our world?
A Virtual Unreality so to say, and if one could, How would that world be perceived? and how would the experience of that world effect our experience and perception of reality?
One could assume that experiencing something to which one has no reference would somehow fundamentally alter ones perception of reality, which to me makes this a very interesting question to engage with. I also find engaging with technology on a sensorial/perceptual level interesting in general as it has the potential to, as Jaron Lanier puts it, “wake up aspects of human character that might be functional that we haven’t noticed before”.
So if we assume that you could, how would you go about it? How can you attempt to create something which you cannot imagine? Because you couldn’t really plan it could you?
You would kind-of have stumble upon it.
Stumbling it is.
But you would have to stumble in a direction where conditions of novelty seem favourable. Some sort of method is needed.
just received a 5v Fingerprint scanner – TTL GT-511C3 by Sparkfun from floris.cc.
The idea is that I could use it to generate landscape shapes(1) (or other digital stuff) to create a 3d milieu (that you could also maybe later “walk” around in), to see how that could be.
/* 1) Initially I imagined it to look somehow like that Joy Division t-shirt that everybody has in terms of general aesthetics, although this might change once I have a look at the data */