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posted by martyb on Friday October 13 2017, @01:06PM   Printer-friendly
from the do-you-see-what-I-see? dept.

"At every step along the way, the future is built by people who believe it can be better."

That's the message Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, brought to the company's fourth annual Oculus Connect virtual reality developer conference Wednesday. As in previous years, Zuckerberg joined the stage to discuss the promise of what virtual reality can be and show off some goodies.

The company tallied 100 million app downloads, he said, and added that the company continues to work on a less-bulky version of its headsets.

But he said the company has a goal: Get 1 billion people in VR.

Maybe Zuckerberg can take those billion people along on his virtual cartoon tour of Puerto Rico's hurricane damage.

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  • (Score: 2) by GreatAuntAnesthesia on Friday October 13 2017, @04:09PM (3 children)

    by GreatAuntAnesthesia (3275) on Friday October 13 2017, @04:09PM (#581831) Journal


    The series is Dollhouse. It's about an organisation that can wipe peoples' minds and upload customised personalities for specialised missions / jobs, then wipe them clean and restore their personality later. They have a collection of (more or less consenting) people whose bodies they use for this purpose. It explores themes like consent, free will and slavery as it follows one particular "Doll" who starts to retain knowledge and memories from her various programmed personas. Think Westworld with people instead of robots, and contemporary USA instead of a theme park.

    *extra spoily*

    Each of the two series has an epilogue (called epitaph one and two) which together paint a (even more) distopian future future, where the technology has been developed beyond the limitations that defined it in the series. In the epitaphs, Dolls do not need to be laboriously prepped in a special laboratory for personality implants, it's possible to reprogram just anybody, anywhere, at range, in an instant. The result is an all-consuming war between various factions controlling the technology, with the general public used as zombified weapons.

    It's a great series. If you liked Firefly and/or Buffy, you'll like this.

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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Friday October 13 2017, @05:54PM (2 children)

    by DannyB (5839) on Friday October 13 2017, @05:54PM (#581901) Journal

    Never had heard of dollhouse until I notice it while looking around Netflix within the last week or so. Never watched it, nor Firefly, nor Buffy.

    NSA does only TARGETED surveillance. It's just that they target everyone.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13 2017, @07:17PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 13 2017, @07:17PM (#581953)

      And got bashed as just being 'Cowboys in Space', which along with it being during college courses I was taking lead to me not watching it until 3+ years later.

      The actual series delved into transhumanism, one world government dystopia, legalized prostitution as both a prestigious and often derided career, the economics of running a starship more akin to a poorly maintained airplane than something like the millenium falcon where you can fix anything and keep going, etc.)

      A lot of plotlines were unresolved due to its single season cancellation, but the Serenity movie tied up two of the key ones: What are the Reavers and what happened to the Doctor's sister.

      • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Friday October 13 2017, @07:27PM

        by Phoenix666 (552) on Friday October 13 2017, @07:27PM (#581960) Journal

        And what is the great lesson we learn from Joss Whedon's misadventures in sci-fi? Why, don't name your shows or movies after feminine hygiene products, of course.

        Washington DC delenda est.