I lost a job.
I was on holiday with my family when my boss called me from his office.
“We’ve had a lot of bad luck with this job, so we’re looking for someone to take it,” he told me.
“We want someone who’s really hardworking and a good communicator.”
He wanted me to come down to his flat and talk to him, and we agreed that I’d be working on the floor of his office for about two months.
I would learn all about the office’s design and work from a virtual reality headset, which I had downloaded from the internet.
My job, as I’d already been taught, would involve getting clients to pay up front for the project, while I would work alongside them on design and design-related tasks.
I’d spend about six weeks on this job.
I would learn how to use the office and interact with the people I was working with, which would give me valuable insights about their projects and ideas.
My first task would be to help design a virtual environment that would allow me to communicate with the clients.
I started by creating a prototype of the virtual space.
Once I had the design in place, I’d need to design a physical version.
This would be done by creating two virtual environments, each one containing a virtual character with a physical body and a physical object to interact with.
The first would contain a virtual person who was sitting in a chair.
The second would contain two virtual people, each with a body.
Then, I would need to create a physical copy of the person sitting in the chair.
After creating these virtual copies, I needed to create an interactive object that would sit in between them, like a table or a chair, and interact.
When the virtual person started to sit down, I could click on the chair, which was controlled by a joystick.
As the person sat down, they could use the joystick to move their body, and they could click or drag their virtual body to interact.
I could also change the virtual body’s position by clicking on its avatar and then moving it in relation to the avatar.
If I wanted to change the avatar’s position, I had to move the joystick in relation with the avatar by clicking it.
I was able to do all of this from the virtual room.
In order to learn how this worked, I spent about five days in a virtual room, interacting with virtual people.
I had a camera mounted on my face and my eyes fixed on the screen.
I learned that I could use my hand to move my virtual body and to use my voice to speak to the people sitting in my virtual environment.
I learnt that the avatar was actually my real body.
I also learnt that I was sitting on a virtual table, which meant that I needed a virtual chair to sit on.
I realised that I had two virtual bodies and two virtual chairs.
I realised that if I wanted the avatar to move in relation, I wanted both of my virtual bodies to be on the same side of the table.
So I added one chair to my virtual space, then another chair to mine.
At this point, I realised how much I wanted a chair to be my only source of physical interaction.
For my second task, I built a virtual desk.
Next, I designed a virtual wall.
I knew I had an enormous amount of experience with virtual environments.
I’d spent the previous two weeks building a virtual world from scratch.
I spent another two weeks learning how to make my virtual world work.
I created a virtual space and then spent the next six weeks learning to build a virtual office.
In my first six weeks of learning to make a virtual workplace, I was still learning a lot.
On a typical day, I made about three virtual desktops, two virtual wall tables and two physical wall tables.
A few days later, I moved onto designing the virtual office environment, which involved making a virtual couch.
We started by making a couch that was a mix of a physical and a virtual model.
I then added a desk, and a desk chair.
This created the virtual table.
My virtual table was very simple, consisting of two virtual pieces, which were connected by a virtual leg.
I then made a virtual sofa, which had a physical leg.
Now, I knew that my virtual couch was a virtual floor.
And I was in the process of making a physical floor.
I used the virtual floor to create two virtual floors, each containing a single virtual chair.
In order for my virtual floor design to work, I also needed to add a physical desk.
I started by adding a desk to the virtual surface, but it turned out that I didn’t need to add the desk to create the virtual wall table.
I made the desk by moving the virtual leg of the desk onto the virtual side of my desk, then moving the desk’s leg to the table’s side