In one sense, VR is the holy grail of communication technology — something that can convince your lizard brain that it’s in the same room as another person.Ultimately, all of the little nuances that gives face-to-face communication special power can be recorded and transmitted.Picture a kind of hyper-efficient, technology-mediated speed dating.
While VR does isolate you from people who are physically near you, it opens the possibility of being deeply social with anyone, anywhere on the planet.
Obviously, this sort of thing could be a godsend for couple in long-term relationships.
It’s also easy to imagine it being folded into dating apps like OKCupid and Tinder, allowing you to quickly meet your matches in a safe, effortless way.
Soon, our kids are going to have access to machines that can completely and convincingly take over all their perceptions, providing experiences that we can’t even imagine.
Suffice to say, the generation gap is going to be enormous.