Most people look at a coffee cup and see nothing special, but I see it as a container with a small space inside. A cup viewed as a drinking vessel is a small-scale product and nothing more. But an architect looks at it and sees the object on any number of scales.
Art students by definition are people who are looking at how a medium works, and thinking about what you can do with a medium. They’re different from folk musicians, who in general are accepting of a tradition. That kind of slightly-outside-looking-in approach that art students brought to music meant that they were completely able to accept a lot of new possibilities, whereas music students were not interested in them at all. It’s very conspicuous that there were a lot of art students involved in pop music in the ’60s and ’70s, and very few music students.
From Internet Trends 2014, a widely read report on the status of the internet, from venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB).
For me, the very most important thing about VR was that when you were in it, you’d feel your own existence in the sense that if all the sensory input is artificial, then what’s floating there, that’s your consciousness. So to me, it was sort of proof that subjectivity is real; that consciousness is real, that it’s not just a construct that we put on things.