So, 2019 is here, and after the last CES conference, virtual reality has a lot of promising things for the future. In this article, we would like to go over some of the most anticipated and revolutionary ideas that virtual-reality can bring to our society. For those who have a virtual reality headset, you'll probably say that we are nowhere near this point, but from what we've observed, the industry has been developing at a rapid pace. Who knows, maybe soon, we’ll start to see some of these techno prophecies come true.
To know where virtual reality can go we should start by looking at it’s past. Believe it or not but virtual reality has been around longer than you think. According to Webster dictionary virtual reality is the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment. Concerning this definition, virtual reality extends to electronic games, stereoscopic photographs, and panoramic pictures. All these technologies have pushed us to where we find ourselves today.
Fast forward past the Gameboy VR and other failed attempts, and you find ourselves to the present day. In today’s world, virtual reality has made its way into sports, medicine, and business — Vr promise to breakdown the borders of time and space. Recent ventures into a virtual reality include documentaries. Using this platform historians wish to pull their audience into the story. By fully immersing their viewers into a story, historians want to build a richer and more personal understanding of events to more people in the world.
Virtual reality also has great promise in the education space. In today’s world, public schools are long overdue for a revolution. Virtual reality can teach students through a series of simulations, allow them to interact with others in virtual classrooms and disable that interaction when it is time to focus. Being a cost-effective and flexible means to deliver educations, Virtual reality can genuinely democratize the public education system.
This new medium has also found its way into medicine. Mount Sinai and others have adopted VR into their training and patient care strategies. Virtual reality is used to cycle through various emergency room scenarios, conduct surgery using a technique called Microscope Integration and help wean patients off pain medication during post operational healing. Although new to the medical world, virtual reality is being quickly adopted to help improve the overall process for both patients and doctors.
Finally, as we develop VR technology, don’t be surprised if you find yourselves interacting with artificial intelligence avatars in your simulated world. Gamers and business are looking to connect artificial intelligence to avatars. Soon, you may make a friend, share a moment or fall in love with a virtual reality resident that only lives in the simulation. Although we are far from realizing the reality, many developers, in both the VR and AI world are working toward this end goal.
Virtual reality has to potential of changing our world for good or bad. Time will tell what type of impact this technology has on people and how it changes society. I am optimistic looking forward to what this technology has to offer.