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Hello everyone, I would like to take time to think about what virtual reality means and what can it become.
So now we are seeing a boom in VR with oculus rift, omni treadmill and stem motion control, and it just the beginning, but looks like is going to be the future of gaming.
But this advance in technology also bring fundamental questions about the human condition, like every time a new technology is introduced, like the train or the airplane that changed the perception of time.
I would like to share three videos with you and then think about something.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGmy1V1u_ko
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYu3FilHTk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KH95YCSP_c

Lets say that in 50 years computers are capable of producing photo realistic graphics, like you couldn't see the difference between the real world and a computer generated 3D image, if we combine this with immersive virtual reality, that would have involved a lot in 50 years, how are we going to know what is "real" and what is generated by a computer? I know you can take the VR glasses or whatever thing we are going to be using in the future, but this brings the question, how do we know that our life is not generated by a computer, if we humans can do the same thing? Maybe we are just a simulation of an alien super computer or perhaps we are living in the matrix...

Another topic is, will violent games be illegal in the future? at least those who are photo realistic? I ask this question because if we can't tell the difference between a computer game and reality killing people would be a totally different thing from now. Me personally, I like gore games, chopping bodies in fallout 3, knocking people out for no reason in gta v, but I would never do it in reality, so lets say I play for 10 hours straight "GTA 10" in virtual reality and with photo realistic graphics and then I go out to the grocery store to get dinner, but I have to wait too much time in the registry my brain can't tell the difference between killing virtual people in a game and from reality perhaps I snap and start punching people in the supermarket because I had to wait too much time...
Probably not most people but there is always one person who is a bit unstable who gets access to this things. (I'm not saying I am , it was just and example haha)
Or perhaps the generations that grow up with that technology won't have a problem telling the difference and is just going to be us, the old folks who couldn't adapt to the future haha

PD: what I'm really exited about VR is the ability to "time-travel", we will be able to recreate the past and immerse ourselves, be able to witness history changing moments like we are there, because the brain can't tell the difference haha

So tell me what you think, does VR question the human existence? are photo realistic violent games going to be illegal? whats the thing about VR you are most exited about?
Thanks
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I am excited about how fast will people abandon it this time. This is what? The third time VR is trying to punch through? I hope for the sake of the technology that it fails again - people are not ready for VR.

Essentially we want StarTrek's holodeck 24-th century technology in our 21-st century society. Can't happen. Shouldn't happen, we will corrupt it. 2cents.gif
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