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Hi guys,

Have you read the Neuromancer? If you have, you probably remember the graphical representation of cyberspace, a large field with 3d shapes representing institutions, DB's and websites. Kind of a 3d grid with shapes hovering over it. You could enter a shape to see the graphical representation of the website. Maybe even a representation like a city, with building hight symbolizing amount of data? I was wondering if such a thing exists in real life, and if it doesn't, how to create it.

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Back in the day, there was VR, and a few virtual reality communities. Today, you're liken to play an MMO-RPG with more the same kind of feel, while back then is was more chat programs and a few websites that ventrued out into virtual reality. One of the hiddne undergrounds was the art project hell.com which I used to frequent a lot. it was hidden chat rooms built on flash as a graphical front end to what was at the time way ahead of what other sites were doing. Lots of hidden rooms and videos would play with links to other underground art sites doing similar projects with crazy Quicktime VR and video mashed in with Flash chat rooms and music. Was very disorienting, but at the time seemed like you were tripping on acid while walking through your computer screen.

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To be clear, you want a 3d web page/browser type experience, no?

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I guess what I want is basically a large grid field, maybe green on black, and on that 3d objects, representing websites or servers. You could enter these, and see what's in the server. You could also zoom out and look for the biggest objects, and maybe they could be arranged based on their location in the actual world? So I guess a 3d web page/browser experience. But you could also see ftp servers, or databases. Would I need to write my own web crawler for that? Or could I use something established like Shodan or Google? I have access to the Shodan API thanks to an administrative mistake a couple months back.

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Also, what would your favorite language be to program such and interface?

OpenGL and SDL for graphical representation over multiple OSs and portability. (Just watch one Carmack keynote on VR

or his usual QuakeCon keynote

get enthralled and realize he's steps beyond what we wanna do like you and go WOW)

I remember back in the day there was a real obscure nix distro in the works kinda in this vein based off the anime Serial Experiments Lain

http://lainos.sourceforge.net/

atm nothing like Hackers, Ghost in the Shell, Serial Experiments Lain, Takedown (aka Kevin Mitnick Hollywood version aka Hackers 2), or any other 3d VR surfing file shit like Lawnmower Man exists.

We have Mr. Robot which does a good job as to what we do in Hollywood.

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I'd say probably C++ and OpenGL or Java 3D graphics is probably going to be the easiest to set up. You can probably find some ready made Blender models.

I had thought about making a graphical way to navigate a Linux file system Lots of corridors and elevators each folder a room. Mostly just to teach file systems and commands though.

It's not a bad idea to do this. But I think a certain genre would be best. The entire internet is pretty big to make a model of. If you were just going to do hacking sites. Take a big list of pages and sort them by subject. Make something in the way of a graphical web directory that is searchable.

You could always to a graphical of a site like wikipedia. That would be useful. You could do one for gaming sites.

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