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A real way into a virtual world

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Virtual reality seems to be getting closer to actual reality with the introduction of new technology.

Despite much of the virtual world remaining a magical place far away from reality, often containing wizards or monster warlords, businesses are looking at how to implement the technology to improve professional life.

Dan Simmons investigates whether avatars and virtual reality are increasing in importance.

The Robots and Avatars exhibition runs until 27 May 2012 at FACT, Liverpool and tours Romania, Slovenia, France and then the Asia Pacific region from 2012 to 14.

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