Today we have two improbable virtual realities, each more mind-blowing than the last.
The first is Walden:The Videogame (probably not the actual title). This virtual simulation of Henry Thoreau’s book of the same name, wherein he lived in the woods to escape from too-busy society, has stirred up a predictably snarky/cranky reaction.
But I would play it. I also read books and go out of doors from time to time. They are not mutually exclusive, snark notwithstanding.
Roger Ebert, whose specially-developed artificial voice software is discussed in the SmartPlanet article, proposes an interesting variant on the Turing test – to create a synthesized voice capable of telling funny jokes.