How fiction informed the development of telepresence and teleoperation: an historical perspective

Gordon Mair

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This paper shows that many telepresence and teleoperation innovations and patents actually had their precursors in fiction and that this led the way for technological developments. This suggests justification for those companies that have invested, or are considering investing, in funding science fiction writers to provide future scenarios for their respective products and industries. The research leading to this conclusion has involved a search of patents, technical and scientific publications, and fictional works. The paper is mainly concerned with telepresence and teleoperation but aspects of virtual reality are included where the technological and literary concepts are relevant.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventHCI International 2013 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013


ConferenceHCI International 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • telepresence
  • development
  • fiction
  • teleoperation
  • historical perspective
  • science-fiction
  • telepresence history
  • virtual reality
  • presence

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