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Study to Examine Presence in Pop Culture

The Temple M.I.N.D. Lab is launching an ambitious study of portrayals of presence experiences in popular fiction. Though the term itself is rarely used, presence has become a common topic in films (e.g., The Matrix), on television (e.g., the various Star Trek series), and in literature (e.g., William Gibson's Neuromancer). The study will use a short online form to collect plot summaries and information about these portrayals of presence. As the collected data grows, a systematic analysis will be conducted to reveal our collective hopes and fears regarding future technologies and how they may be used. More information about this project is available here.


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