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Matrix-style virtual worlds 'a few years away'
Posted: 1 July 2009

Are supercomputers on the verge of creating Matrix-style simulated realities? Michael McGuigan at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, thinks so. He says that virtual worlds realistic enough to be mistaken for the real thing are just a few years away.

Virtual world covers two-thirds of the 'real' world
Dateline: 7 June 2017
Google Earth's virtual online buildings, designed and built by the in-world residents, now cover most of the developed world and all major tourism destinations. The annual value of e-commerce and online financial services makes it the planet's sixth biggest economy. Google's 3D view of the world, using satellite imagery, was too big to turn into a detailed representation of every building ...
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