Is Virtual Reality Becoming more Practical?

Do you remember those childhood memories of living in a virtual world? Well, Santa seems to be taking an awfully longtime in getting here, its been 10 years, but  with the 2 billion dollar acquisition of Oculus VR buzzing in the air, I am beginning to wonder if Santa’s elves are working on something special.

As an investor I have been bearish on Facebook as a company for a longtime, however I feel that the acquisition of Oculus VR is definitely a strong move in the right direction!  All that being said, this entry is not one where I plan on focusing on the weaknesses and strengths of Facebook’s stock, lets talk reality; virtual reality that is…

Since childhood the idea of virtual reality has astonished me. This technology opens an unlimited amount of doors for the human mind. Think of it, we as humans are trapped in the material world, governed by the laws of physics. We are unable to break these established laws no matter how hard we try, but wait what if we had control over these laws? What if we were suddenly the masters? Indeed, what if we had complete dominance over every aspect of the reality that we choose to live in, I think that would be amazing, incredible, astonishing!

Well, we have been taking baby steps in the right direction, becoming more connected, first telephones, then televisions, followed by the combination of both of those, the next logical step is combining all three with our minds right, haha?

Unfortunately, a headset simply feeds information to our visual receptors.  For that reason I believe that this technology will linger in this phase for only a short period of time, once the graphical interphase is mastered we will move on to the other senses. We want the full experience thus I strongly anticipate that we will end up opting for a fully immersive system. Who knows some people might opt to abandon the real world all together, and simply become a permanent resident of the virtual realm. I know this sounds completely out of a science fiction novel but why not? Once the technology becomes fully available what would stop them?

I mean think of the implications! Instead of reading a book you could experience a book, you could travel in time, you could live as one of the elven folk of Mirkwood, or a Hobbit in the shire, and let us not forget the scientific advantages of a virtual reality; physicians could practice complex simulations before reaching the operating table.

The possibilities of this tech are truly endless; imagine coupling this concept with lets say an interstellar drone; researchers could have real-time feedback from locations we could only now dream of ever visiting. I am envisioning a world where the boundaries between reality and imagination are so blurred it would be almost impossible to determine which is inauthentic!
Obviously, such technology could also pose a significant threat to our lifestyle as we know it. Not only could this tech weaken our interpersonal relationships, the government could possibly utilize the technology to great evil. I am talking about virtual torture sessions (where pain receptors could be augmented dramatically), virtual prisons, and population control. Also let us not forget to mention corporations bombing users with ads and data collection. A real danger lurks here, but we have to take risks in order to advance as a civilization, right? I am a strong believer that our movement into augmented reality is a must, and that it is worth taking the needed risks with precaution.  

The truth is that venturing into the realm of virtual reality would have an extremely positive effect on the environment as well. Imagine how much office space could be eliminated, in addition to the reduction of traffic. In fact, the implementation of a fully immersive virtual server would alter human history permanently… shopping, gathering, conducting business could all be handled in the virtual realm. This system could in fact render real life obsolete. I mean sure some individuals will prefer the real deal, but wouldn’t you like to go skydiving without worrying about getting injured, maybe climbing Mount Everest, or flying? A fully immersive system 20 to 50 years from now might be indistinguishable from real life, nobody knows, but I sure as hell would love to find out!  

Last but not least, all I can say is the future is coming and when it gets here I hope that we are ready, to brace ourselves!  I hope you enjoyed this piece, I look forward to fueling a conversation with you, so don’t be scared to leave a comment, subscribe (RSS) or share this with your friends J

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  1. Another interesting piece. With every new technological breakthrough it seems there are beneficial uses and ways to abuse it. Let's just hope virtual reality stays in the right light instead of falling into the hands of people wanting to misuse it's capabilities.


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