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The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

Written by Blake J. Harris

Narrated by Stephen Graybill


The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality

Written by Blake J. Harris

Narrated by Stephen Graybill

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4.5/5 (30 ratings)
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17 hours
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Released:
Feb 19, 2019
ISBN:
9780062695307
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Description

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.

Publisher:
Released:
Feb 19, 2019
ISBN:
9780062695307
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Blake J. Harris is the bestselling author of History of the Future and Console Wars, which is now a CBS All Access feature film by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. He has written for ESPN, IGN, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, /Film and The AV Club. He is also a regular guest on Paul Scheer’s How Did This Get Made? podcast, where every week he interviews some the biggest names responsible for some of the worst movies ever made. Harris lives in New York with his wife.


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  • (4/5)
    Learning about the history of how oculus rekindled the fire of VR was such an interesting read. I never bother to write reviews but I wanted to write one for this. The pace was fast and the book is unputdownable. The author has done a great job of narrating the events, capturing the thoughts and emotions of the persons involved. The unapologetic description of the events that showcases the cesspool that is the mainstream media and the liberal lynch mob clearly exposes the retaliation and intolerance to opposing political views in the silicon valley.

    Though the youtube reaction videos of people using a VR headset were impressive, I was not too excited about it even as a gamer. Maybe due to my usual skepticism or lack of imagination. This book has increased my optimism about VR's future substantially even though the companies seem to be struggling to find mass adoption for what they are trying to do with VR. This book is a must read for anyone who is interested in getting a peek at the most probable future of human computer interaction and some of the events that led to it even if you are put off by the politics in the end.
  • (4/5)
    Well written and I understood how the further looks like.