AR and VR are bringing us into the future very quickly. Virtual and Augmented Reality is the next platform of communication and learning. Those who adopt technology the quickest will further the gap between the smart and the dumb.
The first time you are in a VR/AR machines (£1000-5000) it’s magic. Absolutely tele-to-another-dimension sensation. Your friends speaking to you grounds, but you’re under the impression you’re no longer in the same room, thought you are.
The mind bends. From this we’ll bolster learning. By actively participating the user’s retention on “knowledge” will drastically improve by actively participating. Edgar Dale
knowledge |ˈnäləj| noun — 1 facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education;
Curious how the separate “experience” and “learning”, no”? Well, when you also have good judgment, which comes from experience, we advance to “wisdom”
wisdom |ˈwizdəm| noun — the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
Do we realize how much good we can bring the world by sharing human experiences? Instantly, you can be standing on the North Pole standing on an frozen tundra and see a polar bear. Or a little girl in Texas can walk down the Roman Forum on election day. You can have dinner with a family member who is 4,000 miles away. Or grandpa travels into outer space as he always dreamed as a little boy.
The possibilities are immense. None greater than the possibility of better human understanding. Before now we could not transfer information as easily. Once books became widely disseminated and not just in the possession of the elite, the world rapidly advanced the the spread of information. Again with the global connectivity of the web, information exchanged freely, and instantly, and we’ve grown exponentially since. Now we can share more than information but experiences which converts overwhelming better into knowledge.
We’re tumbling down a rabbit hole of rapid change. Like it or not, we are so, you might as well get involved and try to harness yourself for the ride. Change is inevitable, and for the first time in human history change is outpacing human lives. For thousands of years the world did not change all that much from one’s birth to death, but today it is guaranteed to be wildly different. We must embrace the changes.
This is the greatest time in human history to be alive on the earth. We are at this zenith of acceleration where we can actually change the world. If we can spread humanity and compassion by sharing human experiences, people will think differently. Thinking different is Virtual Reality will democratize experience as the internet democratized information. The leap we’ve made in tele-presence technologies with “VR” is eliciting sympathy better than any communication method prior. We are not yet able to provide an experience of real authenticity, but we are getting closer, and the major breakthroughs have already been made. The rest will unfold over the next few years as we advance from modern 360 (spherical) camera displays and the currently labor-intensive Game Engine builds to a more user friendly and always-ready model for sharing experience. We will continue to improve capturing emotions, remote rendering, mo cap and other areas that will increase the sincerity of a broadcasted VR experience. These advancements are to kick down the doors for a new era of human understanding.
The internet globalized us. Today, we feel stronger connections to people we have never met before despite them being from very different lands, cultures and beliefs than our own. We relate to them better. We are realizing we have more in common than different. Only now do we see traditional media and power structures too often promoted our differences and portray the “others” as competition or enemies.
How could we have known better without exhausting effort to travel the world? (which, I recommend, anyways) Today we work on projects together, share ideas and follow each others’ day-today-day life, directly and without third parties filtering the content or the biases of a third party’s agenda.
The connectivity of the internet democratized information. That was a major step. VR will democratize experience and allow us to understand each other better. It will be very difficult to support bombing a place in which you have friends, or have visited. No matter how much propaganda suggests exploding people is justified, wars will lose the support of the people because now those places have deeper meaning to us, personally.
If experience is fully democratized we can realistically co-exist with everyone around the world, not only the people we are physically near. With the help of virtually real experiences, we can bring world peace.