This second episode wants to be the end, I mean termination, of the first episode, and both illustrate the fear that was present at the end of the first episode and the possibility to get rid of the danger that virtual reality represents now, because now there is no potential, just danger. In a few years the dominant opinion on virtual reality had changed completely to become a vision of utter destruction for humanity in the hands of all kinds of ambitious social climbers and mentally deranged people. But here the interest is to see where the protection comes from : scientists and engineers, some of them at least, and young people who are otherwise engaged in all kinds of marginal escapistic delinquent activities. The danger is both mental and material. Mental because a new prophet is going to be born thanks to this virtual reality and material because this prophet is going to lead everyone into annihilation. The touching note comes from a dog who is so brilliant that he obeys his master on a TV screen and he can put a CD or CD-Rom in the correct drive and activate it. Touching touchy touchstone, isn't it ?
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Paris Dauphine & University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne