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cyberspace


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cyberspace 
  n  :  worldwide  network  of  computer  computer  networks  that  use  the 
  TCP/IP  network  protocols  to  facilitate  data  transmission 
  and  exchange  [syn:  {internet}] 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  cyberspace  /si:'br-spays`/  n.  1.  Notional  `information-space' 
  loaded  with  visual  cues  and  navigable  with  brain-computer  interfaces 
  called  `cyberspace  decks';  a  characteristic  prop  of  {cyberpunk}  SF 
  Serious  efforts  to  construct  {virtual  reality}  interfaces  modeled 
  explicitly  on  Gibsonian  cyberspace  are  under  way  using  more  conventional 
  devices  such  as  glove  sensors  and  binocular  TV  headsets.  Few  hackers 
  are  prepared  to  deny  outright  the  possibility  of  a  cyberspace  someday 
  evolving  out  of  the  network  (see  {the  network}).  2.  The  Internet 
  or  {Matrix}  (sense  #2)  as  a  whole,  considered  as  a  crude  cyberspace 
  (sense  1).  Although  this  usage  became  widely  popular  in  the  mainstream 
  press  during  1994  when  the  Internet  exploded  into  public  awareness,  it  is 
  strongly  deprecated  among  hackers  because  the  Internet  does  not  meet  the 
  high,  SF-inspired  standards  they  have  for  true  cyberspace  technology. 
  Thus  this  use  of  the  term  usually  tags  a  {wannabee}  or  outsider. 
  Oppose  {meatspace}.  3.  Occasionally,  the  metaphoric  location  of  the 
  mind  of  a  person  in  {hack  mode}.  Some  hackers  report 
  experiencing  strong  eidetic  imagery  when  in  hack  mode;  interestingly, 
  independent  reports  from  multiple  sources  suggest  that  there  are  common 
  features  to  the  experience.  In  particular,  the  dominant  colors  of  this 
  subjective  `cyberspace'  are  often  gray  and  silver,  and  the  imagery  often 
  involves  constellations  of  marching  dots,  elaborate  shifting  patterns 
  of  lines  and  angles,  or  moire  patterns. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  cyberspace 
 
    /si:'ber-spays/  1.  (Coined  by  {William  Gibson}) 
  Notional  "information-space"  loaded  with  visual  cues  and 
  navigable  with  brain-computer  interfaces  called  "cyberspace 
  decks";  a  characteristic  prop  of  {cyberpunk}  SF  In  1991 
  serious  efforts  to  construct  {virtual  reality}  interfaces 
  modelled  explicitly  on  Gibsonian  cyberspace  were  already  under 
  way  using  more  conventional  devices  such  as  glove  sensors  and 
  binocular  TV  headsets.  Few  hackers  are  prepared  to  deny 
  outright  the  possibility  of  a  cyberspace  someday  evolving  out 
  of  the  network  (see  {network,  the}). 
 
  2.  Occasionally,  the  metaphoric  location  of  the  mind  of  a 
  person  in  {hack  mode}.  Some  hackers  report  experiencing 
  strong  eidetic  imagery  when  in  hack  mode;  interestingly, 
  independent  reports  from  multiple  sources  suggest  that  there 
  are  common  features  to  the  experience.  In  particular,  the 
  dominant  colours  of  this  subjective  cyberspace"  are  often 
  grey  and  silver,  and  the  imagery  often  involves  constellations 
  of  marching  dots,  elaborate  shifting  patterns  of  lines  and 
  angles,  or  moire  patterns. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1999-02-01) 
 
 




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