Introduction to Mirror Worlds

What are mirror worlds?

A mirror world is often spoken about in scientific environments. It is a world that is the parallel to our own but in a digital format. Mirror worlds attempt to map real world structures in an geographically accurate way. They offer a utilitarian software version of real human environments and their workings. The term “mirror world” was popularized by Yale computer scientist David Gelernter. Gelernter speaks of mirror worlds hypothetically of mirror worlds back in 1991.


Define the area of mirror worlds:

Mirror worlds are informationally enhanced virtual models that can mirror the physical world. We use interact with mirror worlds constantly in order to interact with reality. Mirror worlds have transformed computers by creating a much more interactive and vivid, world like model of the real world.

They contain features such as:
virtual mapping, modeling and annotation tools, geospatial and other sensors, location aware and other history recording technologies also known as lifelogging.


What platforms is it on?

Mirror Worlds are on platforms such as Unreal Engine, Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth.


What does this involve?

This involves a utilitarian or sensible software model of real human environments and their workings.

Mirror worlds can be created through spatial computing(a technology that allows computers to mimic the real world) with prime meridian as a foundation.

Terms to describe this mirror world:
-Flatscreen XR
-Multisensory extended reality
-Simulated reality
-Super cinema

Origin & History

Earlier Tools: Digital mirror world's first originated in government-built public resources such as the Canadian GIS in 1967. Other systems became expensive and were created before the internet funded by business and institutional customers.

Today’s Version: Years later to recent times these systems are very popular and common with potential free components An example of this is Google Earth(2005). As technology continues to progress new advancements and updates will be made to mirror worlds.

Identify a case studies: Virtual Assistants(Kayla DeSousa)


How does it work?

An application of mirror worlds is virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa. In the near future there is progression into hopefully making these virtual assistants three-dimensional forms. This would mean they can see and be seen by others.

How is it used?

It would be used to hear our words as well as see our motions and decipher micro expressions and our moods. These almost real life interactions will make mirror worlds more intimate when we converse with them. Our communication with these virtual assistants “more human” in a sense as they pick up on emotions and have a more human look to them as limbs and a faces are added.

Identify a case studies: Spatial Search and Analytics(Trey Autry)

How does it work?

To make sure the mirror world can be searched , and analyzed the same way as any other data, than it has to be analyzed using spatial analytics . Spatial Analytics is a set of different techniques and methods to test theories and hypothesis based on spatial data. The spatial search is identifying and researching spatially distributed alternatives which serve as a basis for a locational decision.

Identify a case studies: Real Estate(Garrett Johnson)

How does it work?

A mirror world can be created using digital twins to put a virtual world that would help real estate companies visualize what a street may look like. This technology is already being employed by industry leaders such as Deloitte. It gives an in-depth look at a location at which future properties could possibly be developed.

How is it used?

This technology can be used to search for, examine, and understand location intelligence with context of spatial data. For example, a residential developer can analyze the desirability of a project by simulating and measuring the noise level that is distributed throughout a neighborhood.

Identify a case studies: Augmented Reality (Nico Medina)


How does it work?

Augmented reality refers to a technology that overlays digital information or virtual objects onto the real world, by enhancing the user's perception of the physical environment.

How is it used?

Bringing Augmented Reality into the real world will not be easy but if you think about how quickly major technology companies are purchasing small businesses that are creating visual positioning systems to tackle the challenge of outdoor localization. Before augmented reality applications can most likely be integrated into large-scale physical environments like cities, they must fulfill essential things. One such criterion is a comprehensive comprehension of the real-world surroundings.


- Digital Earth systems(mirror worlds) precisely map out the physical world through spatial context. This helps people have digital representations of the world through platforms such as Google maps and Google Earth.

- Mirror worlds are able to give many contributions to everyday life. It can centralize and help manage information especially when it relates back to the real world.

- A challenge is for mirror worlds is accuracy. Since mirror worlds are responsible for reflecting the world in a digital format. Mirror worlds must be accurate in order to function and correctly model the world.

- Mirror worlds are democratizing and are becoming accessible to anyone however if they become restricted this can lead to state or corporate control. Mirror worlds and accessibility can potentially become an issue.


Room for growth
As with any new technology there's always room for advancement in some type of way. Mirror worlds as they are a reflection of the real world can always be improved for their accuracy. Its complex systems can always become more easily accessible and improved.

Next iteration
The newest version of mirror worlds as of right now is Smart Platform by Mirror World. This is an all in one platform that provides multi-chain in-app solutions, NFT management services, social authentication, MPC wallet solutions.

Potential use
As mirror worlds are used today, they will continue to be used for digital mapping especially applications such as Google Earth and Apple maps. Potentially as mirror worlds become more complex there could be possibility for a structured Mirrored City or institution that defines information, reinvents politics and allows for viewing of large scale structures.

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