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Virtual Reality: Is It The End of An Era of Mutual Human Interaction?

Virtual Reality: Is It The End of An Era of Mutual Human Interaction?
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Had you not heard of virtual reality, it is high time you should. It’s like creating a different world altogether for the viewers and make them experience all the dimensions of a different space when they are alive sitting on their couch in this very Earth.

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On 20th October 2015, The New York Times announced its virtual reality project in partnership with Google, which will help millions of its subscribers to watch events in the real space. You heard it right. This immersion technology is going to take the viewers to the space where events are happening, but not real-time. This can be understood as an advanced version of 3D technology. Using virtual reality, you will be able to experience all the dimensions of the space in which the event is happening. Not just being there, you can even interact with the virtual environment. All you have to do is wear a headset and start seeing the events happening at a different space, by being there virtually.

Virtual reality:

Virtual reality: Experiencing what is not immediately next to us. Is it a boon or a bane? [Pic: Standard.co.uk]

Through this collaboration, The New York Times will be releasing a VR film called ‘The Displaced’ – a film about the lives of children thwarted by wars- that will be distributed to its millions of subscribers. Viewing is made possible by cardboard viewers acting as headsets that can be used along with the smartphones.

Not just Google, Facebook has invested $2 billion in a virtual reality start-up Oculus.

How VR works?

The technology can be called as telepresence in which the user will be immersed into a virtual environment where interaction is also made possible. The experience would stimulate audio and visual senses along with the sense of touch. The realization of the sense of touch is made possible by haptic or kinesthetic technology, in which the sense of touch of induced in a user by applying forces and vibrations. Based on the movements of the user’s head and eyes, the perspective of what is looked at in the virtual world changes.

Virtual reality Headset

Virtual reality Headset [Pic: Wikipedia]

Scientists of the virtual reality technology say that the user must forget the real environment to be truly immersed in a virtual reality. If the user is aware of the device used and that he is only in a virtual environment, he is not truly immersed, and this can affect the being experience in the virtual world.

Personal computers have the ability to run the software required to create a virtual environment. The viewing experience is facilitated by a headset with two visuals one for each eye.

Applications of the Virtual technology are many. In addition to Journalism, as we have already seen, this technology can be used in various fields from automobiles to architecture. Builders can help demonstrate the plan of a building and interiors of the car can be shown visually, yet virtually.

Virtual Reality training of using parachutes in US Navy

Virtual Reality training of using parachutes in US Navy [Pic: Wikipedia]

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Consequences:

Advancements in communication technology including television and the internet have made people more sophisticated with no real values of labor and ingenuity ingrained. Virtual reality technology can be the last nail in the coffin that prevents human beings from being more of a human and less of a machine. The reasoning behind this conclusion may sound odd, but it cannot be neglected.

The consequences of our brains being trained to luxuries of information processing have already been discussed in the previous post. Advancements in technology and the internet have created a lethargic behaviour among the users, as information is consumed in a convenient manner through videos and graphics.

Virtual Reality devices sales forecast

Virtual Reality devices sales forecast [Pic: kzero.co.uk]

The brain is kept off from doing any labor like for instance reading words. Every information today is spoon-fed that makes intelligence and emotional quotients of human beings degrade like never before. Virtual reality takes this process multi-folds ahead by presenting information in a visual manner. If this is the case, in future there wouldn’t arise a need to teach alphabets in our schools.

With mobile phones, the interactions between human beings have been siphoned-off, and once the virtual reality becomes a normal phenomenon, everybody will be in their own virtual land making the emotional connect between human beings cease to exist, which is already dying.

Just because it has many applications and more convenient to do more business, it cannot help humanity in the greatest way possible. Unfortunately and very sadly, nothing can stop virtual reality from becoming a normalcy!

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