The Secret History of the Future

08: VR or It Didn’t Happen

32:01 | Oct 24th, 2018

3 recommendations

In the Victorian era, plaster casts became a way to preserve important artifacts in 3-D. Now, virtual reality promises to preserve places and experiences. But who decides what gets preserved? And is t...Show More


epekilis recommended:Sep 1st

Loved the connection between VR and Victorian forms of mechanical reproduction of artwork. Each generation has its leading technology that will become outdated and replaced. Also liked the way they are trying to bake ethics into their protocol at the beginning.

I thought this episode was:

💡 Educational

mm recommended:May 3rd

Such a cool tech history episode that traces Victorian plaster-cast as a very similar tech to VR in terms of capturing objects/spaces you can’t be in, but being able to experience thru a copy of the object/space. Some thoughtful critique on how replicas can’t capture the intangible heritage and cont...Show More

rmmiller364 recommended:May 2nd

The teaching of art history has always relied upon technology that can allow people to experience original art works from a distance. I love how this episode connects the early history of art history pedagogical technology (in this case, plaster casts) with 21st-century VR

mmMay 3rd

@rmmiller364 Loved this episode so much!!! Tech + art totally my jam. Thanks for recommending.

rmmiller364May 4th

@mm you’re welcome! I just love this entire series a lot!

mmMay 4th

@rmmiller364 The Infinite Scroll episode is great too!


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