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Where Will Virtual Reality Take Us?

  • Virtual reality (V.R.) has evolved since its inception, with Apple's entrance symbolizing its significance due to the company's influence on technology.
  • V.R. has found applications in industrial settings like surgical training and vehicle design, as well as in visionary and philosophical realms.
  • The potential everyday applications of V.R. are still uncertain, with challenges such as the disconnect between virtual experiences and reality, and concerns about privacy and cognitive challenges.
  • There is a debate about the future of V.R., with some envisioning a future where people spend most of their time in virtual environments, while others argue for maintaining a balance and appreciating the value of real-world experiences.

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Amy Sawyama

I actually quite like how Tim Cook thinks about VR vs AR:

Tim Cook, 2016: “Few people are going to view that it’s acceptable to be enclosed in something.”

Tim Cook, 2017: “Unlike Virtual Reality which closes the world out, AR allows individuals to be present in the world.”

Tim Cook, 2017: “I also like the fact that [AR] doesn’t isolate […] I’ve never been a fan of VR like that because I think it does the opposite.”

Tim Cook, 2020: “I think [AR is] something that doesn’t isolate people. We can use it to enhance our discussion, not substitute it for human connection, which I’ve always deeply worried about in some of the other technologies.” [0]

[0] stratechery.com/2024/the-apple-vis...