In 1992 I attended a meeting at the Cyber Cafe in Santa Monica. The presenter that night demonstrated the newest in virtual war technology. I watched as he carefully explained with many audio visual aids how virtual war works. The battle is observed by the generals from many virtual views. Ships use virtual technology to measure distance for accurate bombing, Battles are planned and observed from the foot soldiers view, inside the tank view and the general's view, also called the God's Eye View. After watching the impressive technology for war and listening to the price tags for deployment and development of virtual war tools, I raised my hand.
"Excuse me, sir. Is any work being done on virtual peace diplomacy?
The room became silent for a minute. The presenter blankly replied. "There is no profit or money available for that. It is not cost effective technology. No one is backing that type of research in the virtual community."
I sadly posed one more question. "What is the cost of one human life?"
The profoundness of that question was not lost on the audience. One of the other attendees and I (Dr. Donald Rose) began to brainstorm about creating a 'portal' for virtual diplomacy. Dr. Rose and I imagined a Virtual Versailles in 3D online. We saw it as a place for all leaders to explore, see maps, have discussions, reason, collaborate and compromise.
There was no interest in development at that time so Dr. Donald Rose and I just filed away our VV project for sometime in the future. Has our time come now? Have we been eclipsed? Would Obama's new leadership support the development of such a 'portal for peace'?
Let's connect and see if we can make a difference now.
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