Virtual reality is coming, and it’s coming quick. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, especially after watching a couple talks by the Second Life creator, Philip Rosedale, and then more after Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion.  After watching an interview recently with the CEO of Oculus Rift, I’ve been enlightened to a few fascinating things:

  • Virtual reality emotions will eventually be “better” than real emotions. Right now with Oculus Rift you can feel like you’re standing on the end of the cliff, looking over.  But it is very very hard to actually step off it, even though you know you’re in a virtual reality. Now imagine spending many hours a day in this reality, you’ll likely forget you’re even there.
  • People will be falling in love in virtual reality. Crazy idea to think about, but it is going to happen, and happen very fast. Think about that idea: people falling in love in a virtual reality.
  • If virtual reality can give us tons of new experiences we otherwise couldn’t experience, and give us emotions we otherwise couldn’t feel, why wouldn’t we try it? Porn right now is one of the biggest addictions in the world, and it is currently 2D on a computer screen.  Now imagine how much bigger that addiction will be with virtual reality? It is baffling to think about. Imagine being able to put on the headset and then be sitting front row of any concert or sporting event you can think of.  You can then sell millions of “tickets” to the game from 1 seat, and the experience would be better than sitting in the upper back of the venue.
  • Gaming is also a huge addiction, now imagine the addiction in virtual reality?

It is only a matter of time before virtual reality becomes a huge part of humanity. Get ready for it, it is coming fast. The opportunities are endless. There are certainly lots of benefits, but also tons of big time side effects.  It will be interesting to see how it pans out.