With over 300 people voting, many of them coming over via John Carmack's Twitter, here's the results of the survey which asked what readers thought about the following Carmack statement in my Wired article:
Less convinced was Clara Seller, who put her skepticism this way:
I don't think that you can cheat your way to an old fashioned happy life. We're human animals and there's just some experiences in the natural world that we need and will always need to be happy and fulfilled. Drugs and virtual reality can give can give us an escape from our real life and make us feel happy in the moment, but I don't think a truly happy life is so fragile that it can be evaporated by running out of recreational drugs or by a power outage.
Personally I'm in the Somewhat to Strongly Disagree camp, but together, only 1 in 4 of us are. Virtual experiences are definitely an important part to the totality of my life, but I'd hesitate to ever say they should be central. I also wonder if my perspective is biased by growing up in Hawaii.
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