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Comment Re:No nerds left on Slashdot! (Score 1) 182

Do 10 minutes of Titans of Space, and you'll see the potential for education. Imagine the same technology applied to history, biology, geography. Going with your class through a crowded street of ancient Rome. Visiting different cities in other countries, seeing the customs and cultures. Travelling through the human body and going inside cells and organs. All this, not just looking at an abstract representation of those (flat screen), but actually feeling you're there.

Comment Re:No nerds left on Slashdot! (Score 1) 182

You contradict yourself. The clunkiness of cars, radios and TV only proves that a good concept is only waiting for the technology to catch up. VR is a great concept, which until now was not feasible. But it's starting to become feasible, and is likely to have massive adoption in 5-10 years, which will definitely include usage in education and surgence of virtual classrooms (as suggested by Oculus' CEO).

Comment Re:why? (Score 1) 182

No, a computer monitor is not enough. It's one thing to watch something on a screen, it's another to be in another world or environment. Also, you can't socialize much using a monitor. The most you can do is use text messages and awkward videos. With VR, you can interact with other, as if you were in the real world, while walking in some street in ancient Rome, or cruising on a ship traveling through the human body, or the solar system.

Comment Re:Kill the researcher (Score 1) 218

This is NOT a fcking biological warfare research! For fucksake, read about the research! It's about understanding why the Spanish Flu was so deadly. This research helped us identify the genes which made that disease so deadly in the first place, so we have a better fighting chance to prevent other similar diseases from killing millions of people like that one did.

Comment Re:The solution is quite simple... (Score 4, Insightful) 218

No one made the Spanish Flu, yet it appeared and killed millions of people. This type of study, while dangerous if not done safely, will help protect us from future occurrences of similar types of virus. The best way we can protect ourselves from an enemy, if to understand them. This is much needed research.

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