Monday, July 11, 2011

Win the book from the researchers who revealed your brain in a virtual collaboration environment

Our blogging crew recently interviewed Jim Blascovich, Ph.D., about what happens in our brains when we're interacting in a virtual collaboration environment.

We've posted the podcast and transcript from our interview with Dr. Blascovich, where we delved into some profound psychological and sociological implications of working and training in virtual environments. But if you want to go on an even bigger mind-bender, I've got the goods.

We're going to give away two copies of Dr. Blascovich's new book, "Infinite Reality," which he co-authored with Jeremy Bailenson, Ph.D. Their book explores the science of virtual reality -- the good, bad, and ugly of what the virtual revolution has in store for us as business professionals and a society as a whole.

It's a great book, and a must-read for anyone who follows virtual technology. It'll get you thinking about how far we've come with virtual technology, and more important, how far we can go with it, especially in terms of how we interact, learn, and experience everyday life and what it means to be human.

So how can you win your copy? Here's how to enter.

1. Follow @ProtonMedia on Twitter if you aren't already.

2. Tweet your answer to the following question: In what industries do you think virtual environments have the most benefit?

3. Include the #engage in your tweet so we can track entries.

BONUS: If you also leave a comment on this post, we'll count you for two entries, so you'll double your chances of winning. Your comment must answer this question: By what year do foresee virtual environments on every worker's desktop? Please include your Twitter handle in your comment so we can match you up. If you just comment, please include an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win.

The giveaway starts now, and runs until July 15 at 5 p.m. ET. We'll randomly draw two winners from the submissions and announce them on our blog.

Tell your friends and let the tweeting and commenting begin! Good luck!


Anonymous said...

I can definitely see this happening in the pharmaceutical industry where I currently work. Not only does virtual collaborative environment benefit the business but the customers/ patients as well!

Ron Burns said...

Thanks for writing in. Could you please leave your Twitter handle (if entered on Twitter) or an e-mail address where we can contact you if you win? Thanks!

Fred said...

Education - perhaps at all levels for some subjects - but certainly for more mature and self-motivated students in high schools and colleges would greatly benefit from collaborative and computer-assisted learning environments.

Fred said...

Maintenance & Service Industries - imagine having a service guide for a complicated piece of machinery encoded as an interaction between the service technician and a collaborative environment. You can see pictures of the machine, drill down through various parts explosions, troubleshooting steps, or diagnostic procedures.

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