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The History of the Future

Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality
Auteur(s): Blake J. Harris
Narrateur(s): Stephen Graybill
Durée: 17 h et 38 min
Catégories: Histoire, Monde
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The dramatic, larger-than-life true story behind the founding of Oculus and its quest for virtual reality, by the best-selling author of Console Wars.

From iconic books like Neuromancer to blockbuster films like The Matrix, virtual reality has long been hailed as the ultimate technology. But outside of a few research labs and military training facilities, this tantalizing vision of the future was nothing but science fiction. Until 2012, when Oculus founder Palmer Luckey - then just a rebellious teenage dreamer living alone in a camper trailer - invents a device that has the potential to change everything.

With the help of a video game legend, a serial entrepreneur, and many other colorful characters, Luckey’s scrappy start-up kick-starts a revolution and sets out to bring VR to the masses. As with most underdog stories, things don’t quite go according to plan. But what happens next turns out to be the ultimate entrepreneurial journey: a tale of battles won and lost, lessons learned, and never-ending twists and turns - including an unlikely multibillion-dollar acquisition by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg that shakes up the landscape in Silicon Valley and gives Oculus the chance to forever change our reality.

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with the key players driving this revolution, The History of the Future weaves together a rich, cinematic narrative that captures the breakthroughs, breakdowns, and human drama of trying to change the world. The result is a super accessible and supremely entertaining look at the birth of a game-changing new industry. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Blake J. Harris (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great book! Very informative!

I have been watching Oculus since the beginning, and have owend all of the headsets they released. It's nice to here more of the companies backstory.

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  • Rodney
  • 2019-04-01

Fantastic book

This is a fantastic and epic book, it talks about the origins of VR and how Palmer Luckey got into it and literally did create something special. It also covers how, in Silicon Valley, if you don't have the "right" politics, they will literally run you out of town and blackball you. It's an amazing story and told in an extremely interesting manner. If you've read Blake Harris' other book, Console Wars, this book is written sort of in that fashion but is a lot more realistic in terms of dialogue. While I enjoyed Console Wars a lot, the witty TV sitcom style of dialogue came off as not being believable at all - which is a must of a historical book. I get in Console Wars that it was dialogue from 30 years ago when it was written - so it's understandable people didn't remember exact phrases, etc. In this book, since it's much more recent, the dialogue is less witty - but much more believable - which in any book about real events and people is a positive.

Also I will note it's a shame how this book as been treated by places like Audible. Just search for Console Wars, which was certainly a hit, when you search for it and go to the page - they literally don't even include a link to this book - written by the same author in the same field of technology. Why is that Audible, why? I can't help but wonder.

The reader does a good job. Also to the dope who said the eastern European accent is 'racist', first off learn what the word racist means (hint: eastern Europe isn't a race), and second, the reason readers do accents is so you can keep track of who is speaking. It's remarkable how people don't get basic concepts like that.

Overall the book is excellent, if you have any interest in VR this is a must. If you have any interest in Facebook and want to hear about how they do business behind the scenes, this is a must. If you have any interest in how those on the right are treated in the tech sector, this is a must. Or mainly if you just want to hear a really interesting story from a fantastic author, this is a must.

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  • D. P. Pierre
  • 2019-04-09

My new favorite book

This is my new favorite book, not just tech or business. Great listen. Great performance.

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  • 4wheeln4fun
  • 2019-04-04

VR awesomeness

Great book about VR and the screwed up belief of Facebook and silicon valley that they're a little smarter than all us normal people. Especially those that voted for Trump.

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  • Linktolegend
  • 2019-02-26

Screw Facebook.

Fantastic look into how Palmer Luckey brought us into the age of VR. Facebook sucks.

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  • Self Reliant
  • 2019-04-29

Amazing innovators

I enjoyed the book. I listened as I drove from CA - AZ - NM - TX - NM - CO - WY - UT - NV - CA. (52 hours). My take; Our world is made better by innovation and hard work, as shown by Palmer and crew, and will be destroyed by those who believe you must “conform or be cast out”, as shown by FB et al.

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  • Grant
  • 2019-02-26

VR, Technology, Start-ups, and Corporate drama.

If any of the above keywords pique your interest, you will throughly enjoy this book. Well researched and well read, I binged this title in 2 days. I'm a VR enthusiast who only had a brief understanding of the story or Oculus and Palmer Luckey, this was a very compelling story. Highly recommended.

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  • bryan smith
  • 2019-07-30

Always amazing to see how success begins...

Always amazing to see how success begins, but terrifying to know how easy it can be taken away by those who simply disagree with you. If you ever need to see a modern day version of facism at work, look no further, than the leftist driven agenda of Facebook and their mantra"believe as we do, or you will cease to exist"

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  • Lily
  • 2019-04-10

History VR

I heard this Author on the Glenn Beck program. Book aS wonderful and I recommend

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  • Shawn
  • 2019-09-16

three-fourths startup saga, one-fourth 1984

Such a fascinating book about how diligence and determination (and brilliance) can blossom through relationships and a bit of serendipity, followed by a cautionary tale about handing over power to a single person who thinks he knows what's best for all humanity (and all the cowards who will watch that power mad narcissist do his best to destroy someone they claimed to care about).

The author of this book is no conservative. So it is admirable that he attempts to present that world fairly, from the perspective of its adherents. Obviously that is something sorely missing from the "approved" social interaction on FB, Twitter, Google/YouTube and news media.

When those entities have the power to strip away the livelihood of individuals who practice wrongthink, it takes relatively few such instances to silence meaningful opposition; FB, Twitter, Google create a convincing virtual reality where "approved" thought is just what any "good" person would believe anyway, so everyone is happy and life is beautiful all the time.

The author wraps up the book very well in its timeline and tone - painful, but satisfying.

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  • Eric Phillip Cotter
  • 2019-09-03

fascinating

I found the evolution of the gaming industry (which I didn't think would interest me at all) and the parellels it spawned an absolutely amazing and enlightening story. Seeing the contrast between nascent companies and the established giants and the fragility of market presence, the vulnerability of sales and the whole process of tech development was truly illuminating.