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KS3 English - The science behind science fiction: Cyberspace

Resources on the science behind science fiction to support your Year 8 Library lesson, compiled by your librarians.

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      The term "cyberspace" originated by author William Gibson in his novel Neuromancer (1984) It is currently used to describe the whole range of information resources available through computer networks. Cyberspace often features in Science Fiction but on this page you can find out about the science behind:

 

 

Cyberspace fiction movies

 

 

 

      The above images show a set of science fiction movies with theme of Cyberspace and Virtual Reality, click to view details.

What do you think about cyberspace and Virtual Reality?

   Watch the videos about "cyberspace and Virtual Reality" in the centre column.

   What do you think?

   Do you think that with the technological advancements of cyberspace and Virtual Reality, we will all live in a virtual world like the Matrix in the future?

What do you think about cyberspace and Virtual Reality?
Yes, I think we will all be living in the Matrix one day: 3 votes (42.86%)
No, I don't think living in the Matrix will ever be possible: 2 votes (28.57%)
I'm really not sure if the Matrix will ever happen: 2 votes (28.57%)
Total Votes: 7

Would you like to learn from a school built in the "cloud"?

   Watch the cloud computing video in the top box of centre column and the above video.

   What do you think?

   If you have the chance, are you willing to study from a school built in the "cloud"?

Would you like to learn from a school built in the "cloud"?
Yes, I would love to learn from a school build in the cloud: 0 votes (0%)
No, I still want to study from a traditional school: 0 votes (0%)
I'm not sure, maybe a mixture of the two: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 0

Do you think that we are too connected with the Internet?

   Watch the videos about the future of the Internet and Marissa Mayer's concern, do you think that we are currently too connected with the Internet? 

Do you think that we are too connected with the Internet?
Yes, we spend too much time online and ignore other important things in life: 2 votes (40%)
No, there are lots of potentials of the Internet and we should be more connected in the future: 0 votes (0%)
Not sure, probably we should balance the use of the Internet and other important things: 3 votes (60%)
Total Votes: 5

Cloud Computing

 

   Cloud computing has many benefits but there are also threats to this technology:

  • Data Breach
  • Data Loss
  • Account Hijacking
  • Insecure application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Denial of Service
  • Data Handling

   Popular Cloud examples:

  • Google Drive: this is a pure cloud computing service, with all the apps and storage found online.
  • Apple iCloud: Apple's cloud service used for online storage and synchronization of your mail, contacts, calendar, media files and more.
  • Amazon Cloud Drive: storage is mainly for music, preferably MP3s that you purchase from Amazon.

The latest 'Virtual Reality' news from Popsci

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Virtual Reality: out of body experiment

   Turns out out-of-body experiences are not necessarily something that happens to people who are out of their minds. While wearing virtual reality goggles, subjects who watched fake versions of themselves get swung at with a hammer experienced the actions as if it were being done to their own bodies.

   Click the link below to read the interesting article. 

The science behind cyberspace and Virtual Reality

Here are three short videos explain Cloud Computing, Networks and Virtual Reality .

As you watch, try and make up your own mind about the information...  

Do you think the Virtual Reality will ever really happen or do you think they will always be science fiction?

Look at the questions in the boxes in the left hand column and share your opinions.

Future of the Internet

      What will The Internet look like in the future?

      What do you think about possibilities for the future development of the Internet? 

Are we too connected with the Internet?

Are we too 'connected' to the Internet? Marissa Mayer, VP Local, Maps, and Localization, Google, answers whether she's worried that we are becoming too 'connected' in the following video.

Look at the questions in the boxes in the left hand column and share your opinions.

Useful websites

This is an example of an interesting video from the Discovery Channel.

Find more videos like this through the Discovery Channel link below.

Explore the other links in this list to find websites with useful information on Cyberspace and Virtual Reality...

The Day - Cyberspace News

This article from The Day discusses the trend of cyberspace to become "global brain".

(You'll be able to access this article when you are inside school)

At the bottom of the article you will find some interesting links to explore and ideas to think about.

Documentary video: Internet Rising

   The following video is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains... and the gray area contrasts in between.

What about your opinions? Watch this video  as an inspiring conversation starter.

(Source: watchdocumentary.org)

Find out more...

Would you like to find out more about cyberspace?

Here are a few keywords to get you started with your search, can you think of any others?

Try adding one or two keyword in this 'Sweetsearch 4 me' searchbox.

'Sweetsearch 4 me' is a search engine that only finds resources suitable for school students:

Books in the Senior Library

Find out more about cyberspace in these books from the Senior Library collection:

Articles from subscribed magazines

   You can also find relevant infomation from many of our subscribed magazines such as New Scientist, Wired, Discovery Channel and BBC Knowledge. Although some magazines provide online reading for full or preview of some articles, you are always encouraged to browse the magazines from the magazine corner for the complete version.

   Here are some interesting magazine articles related to cyberspace and Virtual Reality:


Flanagan, J., 2013. A connected world. New Scientist, 219 (2932), p.22.
Marks, P., 2013. Vitual sparring partner will get Olympians ready. New Scientist, 219 (2932), p.22.

 

Webb, R., 2012. The future of reality. New Scientist, 215(2884), p.47.

 

Kuang, C., 2013. Like magic. Wired, Issue 13, pp.128-133.