Gibson introduced the concept of cyberspace in 1984 which presents some similarities to, and in some respects, is in contrast with the cyberspace 28 years from then. In the book Neuromancer, cyberspace has been explained as “A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts… A graphic representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights,receding…” Page 47.
In many respects the cyberspace experienced today is not unlike that of Gibson’s fantasy world. In comparison with the ‘simstim’ people use cyberspace to vicariously experience the lives of other individuals through television and video games fantasy worlds. Cyberspace complexities are uniquely accessible by those with the technical knowledge to change it. The complexities of changing and accessing different areas of cyberspace are unknowably complex to many average people much like Gibson’s fantasy. Gibson’s fantasy is analogous to the reality we experience and the differences between the two are superfluous.
In today’s world, the existence of something like wintermute is unknown to the common man. Although, I do believe there could be ‘military experiments’ which hold the matrix as complex as the one presented in the book. I believe that gradual technological advances can get us somewhere close to that level. The recent movie ‘Total Recall’ signifies that such ideas are still growing since they came into existence through Gibson’s writing.
Gibson, to an extent, can rightly claim to be a prophesier. Writing a book about the concept of ‘Youtube’, 2 years before it came into existence is visionary. I think he was being modest when he said that mobile phones are not a part of Neuromancer thus he doesn’t predict the future.