Goodbye physical world?
Virtual Reality. Mark Zuckerberg's little pet project that he is willing to destroy his company over (I kid, I kid). Virtual reality is making moves right now with the progress that they are making. Meta (formerly known as Facebook) is investing heavily in it. They just released their Meta Quest Pro with tons of improvements and are working on releasing their next consumer-level version of the Quest, the Quest 3.
I've never owned a VR device, but I have used them before and they are pretty cool and immersive. I've been told that the Oculus is the best implementation, but I have never used that specific one. I've used Sony's and then generic ones at arcades and such. They are very immersive with the level that they are at and hearing that Meta's is even better is highly impressive.
But the real question is, is it the future?
Right now, the biggest question is what are the use cases for VR and how will it be implemented in our everyday lives? When I think of virtual, a couple of use cases come to mind. There is the gaming aspect that is the most popular where you can immerse in a game and pretend like you are there. There is also the social aspect as well with different things like the Metaverse and other projects like that. And then there is also the professional world, where Meta is currently trying to convince organizations to put their resources into holding meetings and collaborating with VR.
All of this personally sounds fun and cool, but are they going to take over? Are they going to keep us from not doing the activity in real life and doing it virtually? As someone who loves doing things behind a computer, I can't see this happening for a long time. Don't get me wrong, they have made great strides in pushing these things forward, but I still think we are a long way off.
See, the problem with VR is that they are tons of levels for them to have to try and get over. They have to find a way to convince people from doing it in the real world and do it in virtual reality. So they have to make the technology that convincing and then they have to convince people to subscribe to this idea of doing it virtually. I do not think it is impossible, they have convinced a lot of people to start working from their own houses instead of going into the office. So the change of lifestyle is possible, I just think it will be a hard sell for some people.
At the end of the day though, I do not think that it is going to replace society any time soon. I think that people will always want to have that physical connection with someone. I think there will be some good scenarios that will end up being very useful and allow people to be able to connect and communicate with each other, however, is this going to replace the way we do business in all aspects? No, I don't think that will happen anytime soon.
I do think it is important to work, however. I can see different ways in engineering and design work that could be very helpful. Doing things like making blueprints and designing a product, VR can be very helpful in the beginning phases of that. I can see meetings and video calls for some collaboration benefiting from products like this as well! And last, but not least gaming. Gaming will continue to grow and take advantage of this kind of technology. The imagination and possibilities that VR will bring to the end users are endless.
Meta and all the other companies working on VR are working on an important technology for the future that will come to play a big part in everyone's lives. I just think that we are a far way off at this point, however.
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