Virtual Environments

Nanotechnology will permit information technology to create realistic virtual environments and geographies. And biotechnology guided by cognitive science will produce interfaces that will allow humans to experience these environments intensely. Thus, the union of these technologies will transcend the biological limitations of human senses and create a new human relationship to the physical environment. It will be possible to simulate in humans the sensation of being at remote locations or at imaginary new buildings or facilities. This could be used for rapid design and testing of large projects, thereby saving the cost of errors. Other economically significant applications could be in the entertainment industry, and the tourist industry could use the technology to provide virtual samples of distant locations to prospective customers.

Applications of special relevance to improving health and enhancing human physical abilities include the use of virtual environments for education and interactive teaching. This will provide new ways for medical students to visualize, touch, enter, smell, and hear the human anatomy, physiological functions, and medical procedures, as if they were either the physician or a microscopic blood cell traveling through the body. Similarly, impaired users, ordinary people, athletic coaches, and a range of health-related professionals could train in these virtual environments.

Essentials of Human Physiology

Essentials of Human Physiology

This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.

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