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I'm curious as to how people feel about the oncoming age of VR - it really seems to be happening. Walking through a Best Buy or the average shopping mall brings me by multiple Virtual Reality headset demonstrations. Ready Player One is coming out soon - a movie about virtual reality that people with headsets can experience in virtual reality. Large open world sandbox games (Skyrim and Fallout 4) are coming out and people are getting lost in hundreds of hours of immersive exploration. Virtual art museums have been made. You can slide down a vein with red blood cells like you're in Ms. Frizzle's class. You can fly around the entire actual planet using Google's maps! It's still too expensive for most and clunky, but it's an incredible technology that is definitely growing and in the next 5-10 years it'll probably be like the new iPhone.

So, do you think it will be a net gain or loss for humanity? I'm a bit torn on it myself, I feel like some people will be more isolated in unhealthy ways with this tech, but I also think it will help bring some people closer together - playing with someone across the planet in VR really feels like they're there in a way that no other technology can do.
 

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I have tried VR in museum. It was like visual guide. I kinda liked the immersion of it, it was fun. I think it can be fun at home too, but cost is high and you must have powerful PC. I absolutely hate to buy expensive hardware and I see how many people wouldn't be able to. Anyway, I knew nothing about VR and still don't know much. So I thought that there is some hype because it works well with many games... Until I actually checked with what it works. Only some games support it, yet from developer standpoint it should be a simple task to make it work in pretty much any game. All I can say is that it's cool to see and use them, I absolutely understand attraction, but when there's big lack of software, it's really meh for everyday. It was big turn off for me. I can't see it becoming a big think as it is right now. It's too little for way too much. Maybe later, but only if software side becomes better.

Now to answer your thread.

I think nothing will change dramatically. I think you worry too much. It was exactly the same with smartphones and other popular tech. I would be surprised if something unusual would happen. Wtf is net gain or loss? It's just there. You want it, you take it. Use if you want it. You have option to have it and that's alright. Ain't nothing bad about more options.

BTW if you want to be creeped out a bit, watch Serial Experiments Lain. It's 1998 anime and there are computers, VR, smarphones and etc. Of course anime was meant to be some sort of mindfuck, but really it's just a fiction. Those situations are fictional and majority just lives with modern tech. Watch exDriver if you want to see autonomous cars. They are humorously exaggerated in some problems, but if you ignore that scary side of it, then you will see that nothing bad actually happens with some new things. It's just a simple evolution. Scientist were saying that driving in car at 120kmh would rip your head off and that was 100 years if not more before, now that's just laughable, but it would be true knowing that "cars" back then were motorized carriages.

I think, you overthink it.
 

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Isn't dreaming the first and original form of virtual reality? Do you see people immersed in dream worlds so much that they lose interest in reality?

I suppose there is a danger, but only to unhealthy personalities, possibly extreme neuroticism or extremely high openness to experience (which makes normal life seem dull)

To be more cynical, VR could make natural selection work again, since these unhealthy individuals will get immersed in it until they win a Darwin prize. Survival of the noblest.
 

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I feel like this will be a variation on the internet, in terms of the progress. Early on people thought of the internet as a fad. Then it gained some real use but was still a bit alt. And then it really started to catch on with "Internet 2.0" as they were calling it 10 or so years ago. Basically what was meant by that was broadband, streaming media, and "user driven content", or what we would call social media now. Seriously feels like yesterday I was listening to a report about this "new" thing that was coming on NPR. That was 10 years ago.

Anyhow, look at the internet. So much good, so much bad. So much untapped potential for either. In the end VR will be just like that. New opportunities for exploration, discovery, or expression, and new opportunities for surveillance, control, and oppression. It is really more of a human nature question, and a culture question than a tech question I feel.

That said, it is coming, and I personally am looking forward to it.
 

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Need better SDKs, better documentation, more responsive hand tracking options, and if someone can find the magic trick to solve the motion sickness problem while virtually walking that would be great.
 

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If used as a preparation tool/ responsibly then it could be good. If its used as an escape or to feed some sort of addiction like most modern commodities then it will just be another health issue that can be monetized.
 

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Just as any progress, the mentally healthy will use it for the better, and the mentally insane will self-destruct through contact with AR. It just increases the likeliness of people to reveal their latent mental flaws. If you have a bad relation with reality, it will only get worse.

The lambda human will get addicted to AR, then we'll experience a shift : AR will invade the public space, but in private, people will crave for the crudest reality and everyone's disgusting weaknesses. Back home, they'll stare at their real faces for hours. As well as non-AR recordings of their days. They'll watch super-real dirty trashy porn. They'll fantasize over hidden realities and evil people invisible to AR lens that they can only see by not using them. AR will also bring customized and interactive social contracts, as well as non-stop filming. It'll make obvious aggressions impossible to conceal, and betrayal very easy to penalize. It will greatly increase the stress of those who can't live without being assholes. They'll look for new ways to decompensate.

I can't wait to see that happen, pop corn intensifies.


*AR = augmented reality
 

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I see it as a possible downfall.
 

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I just think it's going to be pretty boring. I don't see many people wanting to live in VR. Some people will, but those are the same types that live in video games. What makes life interesting is the limitations and challenges and the real life results. In VR, what really matters? All rules and limitations are artificial. VR games are pretty lacking. You might be able to have a few interesting experiences like surfing a giant wave etc, but as of yet most people feel sick in VR if there's too much motion. So I don't know. Even if you overcome that somehow, I think it's real use value is to just be a more immersive screen.
 

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It's an oxymoron first of all, so it's obviously going to be a hit. Just like Jumbo Shrimp at parties.

Secondly, it could be used to gain SO much more. Imagine a way to disconnect from people, a place to relax and a place to explore. Your individual mechanics will be focused on just like with video games so it's beneficial in developing competency, staying consistently able-bodied, as well as other strength developing techniques. I don't think it's going to appeal to the reward center of the brain and cause addiction or open up other people's darkness because it's not real and you question the truth of reality. Instead, I think it will create alternate realities, places of refuge from mainstream edition of reality. Like a rest stop.

Of course there will be other problems, because people are abusive and secretive. But that's part of life. Don't let it distract you from what's good.
 
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