Is 2016 the year for virtual reality to finally make its breakthrough as a mainstream technology? But the main questions have been going around how mainstream is this technology would really be. For the first time in one’s life, it has become clear what it is going to be like to see a digital copy of yourself.
Mind over matter
While human beings are involved in virtual reality, so are the minds. From the beginning of the dawn of civilization, muscles and strengths have been the qualities that ensured survival. However, through the years, it stopped being the case. Intelligence continues to define the future and dominates the genome. Nowadays, if you are intelligent, you will be able to make more money and have a better living as compared to what it would become if you were only strong. Virtual reality is taking this to the ultimate extreme, as our physical bodies and strength become less and less relevant. The speed and motion in virtual reality will depend more on your intelligence and minds and not on the physical bodies. Thinking that mind will overtake matter is mind blowing and odd. After all, how will the mind be able to exist and be healthy if you do not have an actual body to get it supported?
The virtual reality experiences that you experience today are still not completely immersive. You will be able to tell that you are wearing a headset. You will be able to feel the outside world through your skin, and you know that you are not actually moving around when you are in VR. Imaging putting on a full body suit and visor and going somewhere else. Did you remember when Apple has introduced the retina displays with more pixels that can really be appreciated by our eyes? Imagine the Virtual Reality going the same way.
VR that is completely immersive will bring you to strange new worlds that will feel every part to be as real as that of the real world. When you walk through a landscape on Mars and through the Grand Canyon, you cannot tell a difference.
Physics becoming economics
The world of digitalization is frictionless. Scrolling on your phone will necessitate lesser effort as compared to when you flip a page of a book. You can move objects in the virtual world with ease because the rules of physics do not apply. Still, physics has not been entirely gone in the virtual reality. Rather, economics is replacing it. The digital equivalents will be ruling the world with level ups, unlocks, and digital currency. Running faster, jumping higher, and teleporting to distant worlds will require skill and currency. There are still going to be barriers, but instead of physical, they will be economical.
You can have yourself and your world rebuilt and rewired through the in-app purchases. You will find new weapons, new looks, new powers, new clothing, and new houses much in the same way that they will be available in games and apps, through digital currency and points.
When will we get there?
What is the horizon for all of this magic? It is most likely within 10-15 years. The official release of the major headsets expected soon is going to be the start, but to be clear, it will be many years before all these become a reality. For starters, the motion and resolution is still in the beta stages. You will be able to tell that you are inside a video game. Navigation is presenting an even greater challenge. There is no great way for you to navigate in virtual reality today, and we are far away from the complete immersion through a body suit. Still, you can already see so much progress made in all these direction and you can see paths to that completely immersive future.
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