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‘Virtual reality is genuine reality’ so embrace it, says US philosopher

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It is hard to imagine humans spending their lives in virtual reality when the experience amounts to waving your arms about in the middle of the lounge with a device the size of a house brick strapped to your face. But...

Virtual reality check: looking back at our tech predictions of years past

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After five seasons of the groundbreaking TV drama Lost, the formula had started to get stale – to say nothing of the endlessly convoluted mystery at its heart. And so, for the sixth and final series, the producers add...

Virtual Christmas: how to use technology to still have fun

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With Omicron spreading in the UK the potential for disruptions to Christmas plans are high, whether you’re limiting your contacts or have been forced to isolate. But the fact you can’t meet in person doesn’t mean all ...

Biden-Xi virtual summit: Biden says US and China must ‘not veer into conflict’ – video

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US president Joe Biden has told Chinese leader Xi Jinping that he hoped to have a candid conversation about human rights and security issues as the two began a meeting meant to lower tensions between the two global su...

Biden-Xi virtual summit: US president warns nations must not ‘veer into open conflict’

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Joe Biden has begun a virtual summit with Xi Jinping by saying that they both had a responsibility to ensure the rivalry between their two nations did not “veer into open conflict”. The video conference meeting betwee...

Mocking Meta: Facebook’s virtual reality name change prompts backlash

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The announcement by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the social media giant will change the name of its holding company to Meta in a virtual-reality rebrand has prompted dismay and bemusement. On Thursday, Zuckerberg...

Historic England to offer virtual flights over ancient landscapes

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A digital aerial archaeology tool will allow people to discover previously unknown details about local landscapes, including prehistoric hill forts, Roman settlements and cold war military installations, through virtu...

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping to hold virtual meeting this year – White House

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The US president, Joe Biden, and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, are planning to meet by video link before the end of the year, a senior US official said on Wednesday. There is an “agreement in principle” for the...

New Zealand kea can use touchscreens but can’t distinguish between real and virtual worlds

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The kea, an endangered New Zealand parrot, is clever enough to use touchscreens but doesn’t appear to be able to tell the difference between the real and virtual worlds, according to a new study. Researchers taught si...

Autumn 2000: when fuel shortages brought UK to virtual standstill

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As Britain faces an escalating energy and fuel crisis, with BP rationing deliveries of petrol, there are echoes of autumn 2000 when shortages brought the country to a virtual standstill. Protests over prices led to th...

Do dress up, don’t get drunk: how to have a great virtual date

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As if first dates aren’t awkward enough, along comes video dating to add an extra layer of tech frustration and misinterpreted body language to the mix. During lockdown, video calls – either within a dating app, or on...

Techies think we’re on the cusp of a virtual world called ‘the metaverse’. I’m skeptical

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Maybe this will be my Paul Krugman moment. The Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist was famously the winner of a study to establish which op-ed commentator was most consistently correct. In 1998,...

Now Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be master of the virtual universe

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Brace yourselves: Mark Zuckerberg has a new pivot for Facebook. The visionary genius who brought us the pivot to video, the pivot to privacy, the pivot to trusted news and the pivot away from trusted news is now prepa...

Virtual contact worse than no contact for over-60s in lockdown, says study

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Virtual contact during the pandemic made many over-60s feel lonelier and more depressed than no contact at all, new research has found. Many older people stayed in touch with family and friends during lockdown using t...

Virtual intimacy: is the era of actual sexual contact under threat?

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Name: Virtual intimacy. Age: As old as the telephone, or possibly even the postage stamp. Appearance: Virtual, digital, not safe for work. Are we talking about sex? It’s sex-based, yes. But it’s not sex. Well, no, bu...

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