The Woman in Red. If reality turns out to be anything like The Matrix then sometime soon you’ll be able to have your way with her — any her (or him or other) you can dream of. Many neurobiologists and computer programmers agree that human consciousness can be replicated within human-fabricated systems, meaning we’ll gain the ability to upload our minds into virtual realities. Once there, the rules go out the virtual window and all bets are off. Your deepest fantasies can be fulfilled in the privacy of a secure network. But we’re not there yet. We are, however, close.

Though we can’t yet transfer our minds to virtual worlds, we can interact with such worlds, as well as other real people and virtual characters in them. For years millions of people have maintained avatars in MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role playing games) such as World of Warcraft and EVE, creating personal friendships and strategic alliances with people from around the world. Second Life is a prime example of individuals interacting in a virtual world for more than fun and games; universities have taught classes and plenty of people make money in the virtual environment. What all these synthetic universes share is the lacking of a tactile sensation in the interactive experience, as everyone sends commands with a mouse and keyboard and observes the world through a monitor and speakers. All that’s about to change.

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New “haptic” technologies will allow humans to physically interact in virtual worlds with each other and programmed characters. Teledildonics (also known as “cyberdildonics”) are sex toys that interface with computers to create sensations and motions that humans find pleasurable, and FriXion is leading the way in the future industry of sexbots. “Unique to FriXion, our most advanced peripherals use bidirectional force feedback telemetry to create simultaneous one to one motion and resistance between your and your partner’s device.” So if your partner thrusts into his device in Chicago then your device will thrust into you in New York, and you’ll both see your avatars doing the same thing.

Or maybe you’d like to bone an alien from planet Nu’zax. Characters can be written to any specs, but as they move the device moves respectively. Perhaps you’ve got a thing for your next door neighbor; templates will exist that require only a few photos of your crush to generate a 3D representation that you can do with what you like. I don’t know how legal that will be but it’ll certainly be possible. Combine the use of virtual interface devices like the Oculus Rift or Space Glasses and you’re only a couple steps away from being in a virtual world with the Woman in Red.

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