Thought of the day via Wired UK's Rowan Manthorpe, Philip Rosedale, and his VC backer:
So this is the theory: right now, virtual reality is at the CD-ROM stage of evolution. It’s only when it becomes networked and open that it will be as impactful as tech enthusiasts expect... “Fundamentally VR will be transformative to society only and until it allows us to communicate and create,” Rosedale told me, when I spent a week with him earlier this year... “Looking at VR today, it feels very akin to the early nineties and the emergence of CD-ROMs,” says Stephen Hall of Vulcan Capital, the lead investor in High Fidelity’s $11 million Series A round. “When we think about the capability of VR, it’s really going to be the web but for social experiential activity.”
That's an interesting analogy as far as it goes, though on the other hand, far more people bought and played Myst, CD-ROM's killer app, than have bought a VR headset. And gamers today are less enthused about VR. And, of course, you never had to strap a CD-ROM to your face.
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