Virtual reality or VR is indeed the talk of the town. These days, we wonder if we have fully swallowed up the notion that we live in a virtual world. Four points of discussion led to such a notion, namely VR gaming, virtual currency, instantaneous information, and programming power.
Technology-wise, It is safe to say that we are living in the “fastest” developing era in history. The rate of development is so quick these days, with turnaround happening not just in a matter of months but even weeks or just days. Virtual reality is fast becoming a household norm, with wearables and functions that allow us to “enter” a new dimension and spend countless of hours in there. Because of all of these happening at an increasingly alarming rate, it comes as no surprise as to why many are pondering whether or not we are already living in a computer simulation. Here, we outline some of the most pressing reasons that make humankind dwell more on this possibility.
1. Gaming is no longer in front of you: you are officially inside the game. The rise in virtual reality head gears allows you to be part of the game so that you are looking at things from your perspective and no longer through side-scrolling or other types of views. Whether you look left, right, up or down – all you will see for as long as you are wearing the virtual reality headgear is the game itself. Hence, things feel more intense as the “reality” of your participation sets in with your full concentration on your existence in the game without visual or auditory distractions from external stimuli coming from the real world.
2. Currencies are now becoming available virtually. A couple of years ago, we considered the ability to pay for goods and services over the Internet as a huge leap forward. But at that time, that money being transferred was still tied up with your bank or lending institution and physical money that you had in your account. Now that we have Bitcoin and others fast coming up with their own version of virtual payments, money does not have to exist in physical space anymore. And as a universal form of currency, it is something that is not tied to any country and hence may not be subject to ups and downs that are influenced by a particular country’s current socio-economic status.
3. Information flows faster than the speed of light. Nowadays, everyone is glued to their computers, tablets, and smartphones – devices that allow information to be updated within a second from practically all corners of the world. With this growing influence, information takes precedence over actuality, which requires physically touching or feeling things. You can compare it to sending a virtual gift or greeting to a loved one several thousand miles away instead of actually making the trip to see him and give him a greeting in person.
4. Programming is Power. Thanks to programming, we have seen leaps and bounds in terms of technological improvements that has allowed technological advancements to do everything for us from performing brain surgery to ordering a pizza. In the virtual world, we can expect that programming will reach a level that it would be able to program itself to do things for and to us.
The world we live in is experiencing a very exciting time indeed, but it is understandable how some are growing all the more concerned that we are getting swallowed up in the awesome world of virtual reality. It may be fun and fascinating, but at the end of the day, we must always be anchored to the real world where physical aspects of life really matter.