The New Computer Museum hosted Which way to the holodeck? on Friday, August 22 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. Around twenty attendees got to have fun chatting with each other and playing with some geeky toys ranging from a Virtual Boy to an Oculus Rift. The evening included a presentation by Mary Hopper in which she gave her personal take on the past history and present state of Virtual Reality. She also gave a somewhat pessimistic prediction about the field’s immediate future based upon her analysis using a framework for technical paradigms she developed during her research at MIT and Brown.
The presentation concluded with an announcement that the New Computer Museum is in the process of evolving away from the year’s focus on events and moving forward with more of a focus on documenting and expanding the archive.