By ANDREW KLAVAN
Even before the Internet became a household word, let alone a household tool, there were those who conceived of it as an actual place—an alternative reality of mystery, possibility and danger. Science-fiction novelist William Gibson dubbed computer networks “cyberspace” in a story written as far back in the dark ages as 1982. By 1984 he had penned the novel “Neuromancer,” in which characters used a brain-computer interface to travel through a virtual reality called “The Matrix.” And of course by 1999 the film “The Matrix” built on that metaphor to explore the notion of a complete computer alternative to reality where good guys and bad guys nonetheless battle to save the world.
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