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.