Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

How will Virtual Reality affect you?

Virtual reality makes the impossible possible by tricking your eyes and brain into someplace you’re not. Virtual reality is used to describe a three-dimensional, computer generated environment which can be explored and interacted with by a person. That person becomes part of this virtual world or is immersed within this environment and whilst there, is able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions. Goldman Sachs predicts that by 2025, VR will be a $80 billion dollar industry. A huge market that a majority of the population thinks VR is being created and used for is for video games. While VR is being created and used for video games, this isn’t the only thing VR is being used for. Many believe that VR will redefine the fundamental human experiences in areas like film, education, design, and architecture. People believe that a big way VR can be leveraged is by being a communication platform. Soon we will all be able to teleport into a virtual world together. The possibility of sitting court side at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers from different places, or consulting with an experienced professional just by using VR isn’t that far-fetched. These types of experiences are already starting to pop up all over the world. A surgeon in England recently live-streamed the first operation in 360-degree video, which allows medical students to view it in their headsets as though they are seeing it with their own eyes. The Department of Defense has tested Virtual Iraq and Virtual Afghanistan to treat soldiers with PTSD. This allows veterans to explore simulations of Middle East scenes in the company of a therapist to help with their problem. One major problem with VR is the possibility of losing touch with actual reality. We currently don’t know enough about the side-effects of VR, but they have the potential to be serious in the long run. However, one way or another, VR definitely has the ability to impact our lives in the near future. 



3 Responses to How will Virtual Reality affect you?

  • VR, definitely a trending technology with fast developing pace.

  • It brings people a new way to explore and experience and also brings huge business opportunities. A new industry of VR is expending its capability and covers more and more perspective in people’s daily life. In contrast to all benefits and convenience brought by VR, i would say the side-effect is mostly shown in a abstract way. People may not be willing to get out of their place since they can “see” anything they want at home. We are losing an traditional way to taste the life. And yes, VR saves costs and energy but cut our ability to actually do something. In other words, we are getting lazy, while this is a common side-effect by technologies.

  • I think that VR is a great technology and that it will be a big part of our lives in the future. As you mentioned with all the different applications that VR can be used, it will definitely be a very affordable technology to everybody soon. VR technology has the power to improve our lives drastically and the issue about “losing touch with actual reality” is already a problem that doesn’t stem from VR. The positive impact of VR will outweigh the negatives because the issues that might arise with VR are problems that have already happened before. It really comes down to the discipline of use because surely there are people who will abuse it for satisfaction purposes but for users who use it as a tool will benefit from VR greatly.

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