Ever since the invention of the computer, humanity has seen a massive technological advancement in the industry with every passing decade. Especially after the invention of the internet, the world of information technology has reached new horizons. Today, it is Virtual Reality that has become a new beacon for excellence in the field of technology and almost all the technological giants want to be a part of the multi-billion dollar futuristic sassy looking technology.
Since the acquisition of the Oculus by Facebook in 2014 at a whopping $2bn, Virtual Reality has unlocked many doors to humanity, which, in the long run, will be the new epitome of human excellence. With tech majors like Facebook, Samsung, Sony, HTC and Valve happily investing billions of dollars in the new technology, it won’t be too long before the world will be much more than what meets the eye.
From education, health care, training, military or even digital love, the realm of Virtual reality is as vast as the world itself. But the question which most critics raise still remains. Will Virtual reality be so immersive that people would choose to live in the virtual realm instead of the real world? Well, maybe in 20 years time, the virtual world can become extremely realistic, such that there is no way to differentiate it from the actual world, and maybe there's no longer a need to wear heavy goggles but it is unlikely that everyone would choose to live in a virtual world all the time, because:
- Virtual world costs money.
- The Virtual world cannot feed you.
- Following number two, you need real money to buy real food
- You need a real place to discard the food you ate in a few hours time
- You need a bed to sleep on comfortably.
As many have said, VR is just a communications and creative platform like any other. It is created and populated by humans and reflects our imaginations, limitations, and personalities. As such it is neither good nor bad but what we make of it.
Back in the 60s, nobody had a clue what the internet was nor could anyone ever imagine that something like Facebook would ever exist. For instance, if 20 years ago, if I were to explain Facebook to somebody and how we could connect 1.3 billion people through a single platform, they would have probably had a very good laugh because they could not have imagined the world that way. Similarly, Virtual reality, however vague it may sound today, has every potential to become what its creators claim it would be.