Dream Machines

TECHNOLOGY WATCHERS FORESEE A WORLD FILLED WITH MULTISENSUAL MEDIA, SMART ROADS AND ROBOTS THAT ARE ALMOST ALIVE

Try this sexual fantasy on for size: author Howard Rheingold, who writes about the you-are-there technology known as virtual reality, predicts that consenting adults in the not too distant future will be able to enjoy sex over the telephone. First they will slip into undergarments lined with sensors and miniature actuators. Then they will dial their partner and, while whispering endearments, fondle each other over long-distance lines. For those who prefer something tamer, Nobel physicist Arno Penzias believes that in the 21st century it will be possible to play Ping-Pong (or any other sport) with phantasms that look and talk like...

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