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The History of the Future

Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
Sprecher: Stephen Graybill
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The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the best-selling author of Console Wars.

From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey - then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer - invents a device that has the potential to change everything.

With the help of a video game legend, a serial entrepreneur, and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy start-up kick-starts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned, and never-ending twists and turns - including an unlikely multibillion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns, and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Blake J. Harris (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Detailed, but politically subjective

The book provides a very detailed account of the beginnings of Occulus and its partners, and was insightful, even for professionals from the spatial computing industry. However, what starts out as an ode to Palmer Lucky's vision, turns into a lengthy justification of his political views and his association with alt-right institutions. The rhetoric, praising Trump, blaming Clinton and the 'fake media' and painting him as the misunderstood victim, who's been treated "so unfairly", feels hauntingly reminiscent of the president's tweets, and includes personal statements such as Brandon Iribe being "somebody dogs wouldn't like". Beyond his political views, painting him as an example of good ethics has to be put in stark contrast with his new company's (Anduriel) surveillance and millitary projects. I recommend reading the first 70% of the book for historical values and either skipping the rest or reading up on the court proceedings for the lawsuit with Zenimax and community comments from the VR industry, and creating your own informed opinion of this brilliant but questionable character.

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Fascinating story of recent technology development

Fascinating story of recent technology developments. We should be aware of how fast things are changing right now. Times have never been more challenging.

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