Friday, May 23, 2014

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Weekend Read: VR Founders Discuss the Future of VR

The Future of Virtual Reality Palmer Luckey

Here's a long summary of the fascinating SVVR panel on the future of virtual reality with Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey and other VR industry leaders. Lots of topics covered, including Their personal "aha" moment with VR, mobile versus desktop, a VR "bubble" and VR's killer app, VR for glasses wearers, standardization, and finally, this fascinating exchange, excerpted below:

Audience question for Palmer: You and Carmack talk about building the metaverse as a moral imperative - why?

Palmer: "This is one of those crazy man topics", he begins, but says it comes down to this: Everyone wants to have a happy life, but "it's going to be impossible to give everyone everything they want", such as expensive consumer items. With VR, however, you can do that. It's easy for us to say, living in the great state of California, that VR is not as good as the real world, but a lot of people in the world don't have as good an experience in real life as we do here.

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Okay, for all my snark about the Occulus Rift, let me stand my snark (and Palmer Luckey's claim) on its head.

Perhaps the world would be better if Westerners used more VR. We'd consume fewer resources that go into the latest "expensive consumer item" we "need."

Since the Western consumerist culture is wrecking the biosphere, there may be something here to consider.


Oculus Rift may be a fun experience for a lot of people, but let's not eat the vomit that this technology is somehow intended to lift the downtrodden of humanity. It's just another pay-to-play technological addiction to numb out the worst this world has to offer. It's a narcotic, not a cure.

It will certainly make the pushers lives richer and the users will get their fix. They will get to see all kinds of pretty colors and shiny moving things until it's time to pay up again.

Those who are truly in need of a better world will still be guaranteed their 24/7 real life hell.


if morality cant be bought for 2$b then is a sad world

q; (:

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