Flight Simulators and the Animation of Virtual Reality
This chapter studies the role of computer-based flight simulation in the virtualization of space that is a common characteristic not only of computer games but of computer imaging and interaction design more generally today. Flight simulation was a major operational goal for digital computing development in the immediate postwar period. Understanding the development of flight simulation is important because the world is increasingly viewed through the virtualizing windows of computer interfaces, in simulations and other modelings, in satellite, radar, and other surveillance system screens, in infographical media such as geographical information systems, in global positioning system (GPS) device mappings, in Google Earth, and in other derivatives of U.S. military-technoscientific efforts toward global information dominance.
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