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Jun 24, 2019 18:45:58

Will Life Be Like "Ready Player One"?

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Jack Lyons

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I am yet to try on a virtual reality headset, but I can imagine they must be pretty cool. Sure, we probably still have a long way to go in terms of graphics, and computer generated imagery, etc. But still, technology is moving so fast that I wouldn't be surprised if we do end up in a world where VR is a normal part of every day life.

One of the things that makes the future of VR exciting is the ability to develop complete sensory immersion. Just like in the movies, imagine being able to feel the wind on your face, or the kick to chest from a ninja warrior. If we get to the point where virtual reality can completely overthrow our senses and our perception of the world, I wonder if there would be a tipping point... Could the mind and the body get so hooked, so immersed in this alternate reality that it no longer wants to live in the real world?

We are so wired to our smartphones these days that an addiction to virtual reality seems plausible to me. We already go to incredible lengths to carefully curate our lives via social media. So, if I can be six-foot tall and have chiseled abs in a virtual world why would I want to hang around in boring old "reality?"

The future of VR sounds exciting but I'm sure it could dangerous if we abuse it. I'd love to try it one day and get a better understanding of what it's all about. Maybe a second-life VR world is impossible, maybe not?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences if you've tried VR 🤓! What's it like?

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    @jacklyons - I tried a VR headset when visiting Facebook ( as they had recently acquired Oculus ) -- the demo they had set up for us was using some gloves to pick things up. I noticed when I wanted to set down an object, I dropped the controller. It was cool / weird / real. It'll be as great an escape as video games and drugs and extreme sports. Stay tuned.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 25, 2019 20:52:41
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