What you’ll need to know when we get there—and we WILL get there…

If the universe is something like a computer simulation, virtual reality, or a video game it will naturally have some massive repercussions for how we think about and operate within the world.

This is a concept I have been kicking around since The Matrix was released 20 years ago in 1999. Since the early 2000s I have released over 12 hours of video on YouTube, wrote several popular essays for the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, lectured internationally, published a critically acclaimed book on the subject, and in 2018 I was one of Medium’s Top Writers on VR. …


Fiona, Guy, and co. have once again cut a chunk out of the contemporary American Rock and Blues scene with weirdly seeming ease. The chemistry in Silver’s teams are always full-frontal fuck off good talents that seem to do nothing else but blast out jammers. The most recent song 2020 is naturally no exception.

Check it out.

If you’re into Rock and Blues and haven’t heard Silver’s addition to the genre yet please do. It’s honestly all good, so you can’t really do wrong.

This new one will live long after this year has finally perished and is buried in…


Still from ‘We Need To Talk about Kevin’ feat Tilda Swinton and John C Rilley—one of the greatest onscreen couples of all recorded time

This is not a joke. The modern trend of using the dried out, cliche, hackneyed, lazy, thoughtless, worthless, irritating, belittling, bullshit headline ‘we need to talk about’ must come to an immediate and violent death—thrown into the dustbin of literature as soon as humanly possible (if you can call blogging literature.)

First of all, there is no talking taking place — it’s an article, not a dialog or debate. It’s often a one-sided speech on the internet from the author. That’s not really a talk in the way that ‘we need to talk about’ implies. Of course, regardless of what…


Slavoj Žižek said in 2004, “Today everyone is talking about virtual reality. But I think, frankly, that the virtual reality — is a rather miserable idea. It simply means ‘let us reproduce in an artificial, digital media an experience of reality’. I think that a much more interesting notion crucial to understand, what is going on today, is the opposite — not ‘virtual reality’ but ‘the reality of the virtual’.”

The ‘reality of the virtual’ could not be a more important idea during this time of global self-isolation, quarantine, and shelter-in-place. …


After Biden’s conspicuous absence earlier this week, the Presidential frontrunner finally did a handful of videos and interviews… and the guy seems a little more than — well… to be kind… off.

Here are a few recent clips to illustrate my point:

Now, bounce these clips off of this NBC News item from two days ago:

Speaking to over 70 Georgia donors on a fundraising call, Biden said he and Obama recently agreed that his vice presidential nominee must have the political experience to step in as president if he were unable to serve.

“The most important thing…


Kanye West’s new album JESUS IS KING is no YEEZUS. It isn’t even LIFE OF PABLO.

YEEZUS, I have listened to STRAIGHT THOUGH many, many times. That shit is PERFECT FIRE from beginning to end.

JESUS IS KING is more a collection of unfinished ideas than it is an album proper. It is a major shit-lag in the otherwise more-or-less flawless artistic career of West, with a few exceptions.

The only good song on the entire album is easily “SELAH.” …


It should be seen in every classroom. It should be screened before Congress. It should be translated into every available language. This is not hyperbole. I rarely praise things. But, in easily one of the greatest interviews of all time, Edward Snowden spoke with Joe Rogan about his life, his exile, his motivation, mass surveillance, his vital new book, and what it really means to own a smartphone.

Right now, the 3-hour long interview is the #2 Trending video on YouTube—sporting 5.8 millions views—and it is only two days old at the time of this writing. If you haven’t…


Greta Thunberg at the UN 2019

The 2007 sci-fi film Sunshine by Danny Boyle and Alex Garland opens on a spaceship full of scientists. Planet earth is enduring an unprecedented ecological catastrophe: the sun is dimming, and as a result our homeworld has grown disastrously cold. In effort to combat this, mankind has used up all their natural resources to produce a massive spaceship equipped with a nuclear device the size of Manhattan island. It has been designed to reignite our sovereign star.

The film begins with the space-faring mission already underway. Interestingly, the movie does not portray what happened to markets, economies, and global governance…


“Free will” really is a weighty, almost philosophical, term for choice or decision. Conscious choice, conscious decision-making, is equivalent to free will. I have a scatological argument for the existence of free will. To me, the problems of the free will argument can be focused simply on the issues of relieving one’s own bladder and bowels properly.

I call this The Free Will Problem of the Bathroom Break.

I argue: that to release your bladder and bowels without spoiling the immediate environment requires a series of willful, conscious acts, decisions, and choices. Ask any blackout drunk, or anyone taking care…


The second annual Ai4 Finance was a peek behind the curtain of what goes on in the world of tech-driven financial theory and practice. Being a hardcore fan of the show Billions, by far the favorite attire I saw during the conference was a t-shit a young man about my age was wearing that read: STRAIGHT OUTTA COMP.

Tickets for the two-day affair cost the security deposit and first month’s rent of my old Brooklyn apartment. (I have since moved back in with my family in New Jersey, because the NYC price-points are more-or-less anti-writers and anti-artists. These are not…

Eliott Edge

Author of '3 Essays on Virtual Reality', global speaker, artist, humorist, futurist, netizen, critic & psychonaut Patreon.com/OddEdges EliottEdge.com IEET.org

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