The Sensory Deception is an amazing ride. Ransom Stephens takes you from the moneyed halls of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley to the dirt poor coast of Somalia's pirates and then onto the deep jungle of the Amazon Basin. The sense of wonder he conveys using the idealism and technical know-how of the entrepreneurial protagonists is matched by the thrilling settings and the situations in which they find themselves. I highly recommend you read this book, it's incredible.
Rutherford and his team of technical wizards have invented a device
that allows a person to totally experience the world from the viewpoint
of another being---human or otherwise---seeing, hearing, smelling what
they do. This book is about how they use this technology to try to
change the world. Let's hope that this is a case where reality soon
catches up to fiction because this is a device that can really change
minds and souls. Imagine experiencing the loss of polar ice from the
perspective of a polar bear: sensing in hours what the polar bear
endures across weeks searching for a next meal---but also being immersed
in the joy of swimming with those powerful limbs, stalking, killing and
eating a seal from the bear's perspective, temporarily losing your
human perspective. Stephens conveys this in a visceral way that is believable and convincing. This is one hell of a book!
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