Over on the reBang blog, there’s a post about the Neuronet announcement by the IAVRT, Internation Association of Virtual Reality Technologies, and how it may possibly be a scam. We reported on the announcement of the Neuronet yesterday, and how it is made possible by using abandoned fiber optics left over from the dot com era. The network would exist seperately from the Internet and have a higher bandwidth capacity.
Sven Johnson pegged this for a scam immediately and started looking for legitimate sources for the the IAVRT so that he could ask them some questions. Unfortunately, they’ve been hard to get a hold of. C|Net wrote a rather glowing story about the Neuronet, so Mr. Johnson contacted them. C|Net has supposedly been in contact with the co-founder of the IAVRT Christopher Scully. Johnson had this to say:
“Okay, so who exactly is Christopher Scully and why should I, or anyone, trust him? It’s been a while since I’ve read any books on virtual reality, so his name isn’t ringing any bells for me. “
Good point. Though admittedly suspicious sounding, it is an interesting concept. We’ll continue to follow this story and update as more information comes in.