Alex PappasJanuary 28, 2017INFO I101Onesti/Paul Technology advances moreand more each day. With that being said, it’s essential to adapt to this newculture and to thoroughly understand each concept. Technology has several uses,it is used for entertainment,businesses and education around the world. With all it’s different uses comesmany opportunities and interest among individuals. I plan on working in thefield of communications when I am done with my time here atIndiana University. Believe it or not, technology plays a large role incommunications today. Not everything is settled in person, in fact, majority of the communications intoday’s world are done through cell phones andcameras. Virtual Reality (VR) has become an internet sensation over thepast year, and has seemed to always catch my attention.
To further explain,virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional imageor environment that can be interacted with in aseemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment,such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors”. Certaingoggles/headgear has been the number one seller for virtual reality, and themarket itself is actually on pace to be worth one hundred andfifty billion by the year 2020. Which is an outstanding number for a productthat hasn’t been in business for that long.
Personally, I fell into the socialmedia trap of all the hype surrounding virtual reality and that has caused meto grow my interest and attention towards it. I like this type of technologybecause of how futuristic it is and what it makes you think of what is to come.In my eyes and really opens up my mind for what is yet to come in my lateryears of life.
The article I have read and researched is entitled “16 Experts Predict the Future of Virtual Reality”. Thisarticle really stood out to be because of its simplicityyet power to make a statement. Each statement is veryvalid yet open ended and makes you think onyour own. Expert Todd Hooper, CEO of VREAL states, “virtual realitybrings a completely new way to experience, interact, and play with yourfriends, and we’ve only just scratched the surface.” I liked this specificquote because it goes back to the main reason I was interested in researching this topic,the possibilities. The fact that manufacturers and engineers have only”scratched the surface” means that the window of opportunity is massive.
As ofnow, VR hasn’t quite yet been qualified as an everyday tool, but looking ahead,it may very well be in the upcoming years. Virtual reality basically tricks your brain intobelieving you are in a three-dimensional world. Through personally experience,you basically feel like you are escaping from reality and going into a wholedifferent world.
This idea brings many options into thefields of education, mental health and a whole variety of other fields. But aswe all know, there’s no technology that only brings positives, there’s alwaystwo sides to things. The main cons to virtual reality is the cost that comeswith it, the idea of becoming addicted to such a different world, and themental risks of escaping reality. I can attest that I did feel very strangeafter using the device and then taking it off a short while after. Yet,with that being said, in my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives. Themain pro that comes to my mind is the effect that it can have on our military,education and health care. Virtual reality could be next level technology forthe military, they could use this technology to get a detailed view of acertain place to plan and map out ideas. Technology plays a huge role in my area ofinterest and the future of America in general.
As an undergraduate at Indianauniversity I plan on majoring in informatics and minoring in marketing. I enjoycommunicating with people which is why I chose to minor in marketing, so myinterest of jobs is in the fields of business technology. Virtual reality couldchange the future of business communications forever. Businesses couldliterally have business meeting with overseas employees by just sitting on acouch.
It’s truly unbelievable to think about what this technology could do forthe future of the united states. PART TWOWhen we are talking about the future, there’s no better showthan “Black Mirror” to do the explaining. In the ways of virtual reality,season 3, episode 2, “Playtest” is a great example of how it is used intelevision.
In this episode, there are several scientist and doctors who areworking on a virtual reality chip that is inserted into your brain to enhancemany sights and visions. The main character in this episode is Cooper, he hadjust recently lost his credit card and had looked up short term jobs, one ofthem being a test dummy for this experiment of this new technology. The chip iseasily inserted into Coopers head and then the scientist tests out severalvirtual reality tests that eventually turn out to be dangerous. Cooper isentered into a white room, and without him even knowing what is going on hisvirtual reality experience beings and he is taken to a haunted house to testout the emotional effects which turn out to be way too extreme and fatal. As I mentioned earlier, the effects of virtual reality have thepower to be too extreme and the time away from reality can impact mentaldamage.
The technology used in “Black Mirror” aren’t quite yet available inreal life but it’s almost like a prediction of what is to come with all theadvancements we have made. The technology used is most definitely indevelopment, we are just currently at the beginning phase of each. For example,virtual reality is available right now, but not to a point where you can inserta chip into a human and proceed to go on a trip so intense. This technology aswe speak is solving problems and opening up possibilities for the future ofcomputers and science.
Virtual reality is playing a massive role on marketingfor businesses, for example, Marriott hotels are using virtual reality to planout trips and see the hotel room and scenery before you even arrive! Anotherexample from the real world is that Six Flags who are using the idea of virtualreality to change the setting to make you feel you are in space opposed to justat the amusement park. The technology in the show is mind-blowing. The chipthat was inserted into Cooper affected him dramatically. At first, it wasnormal and the test being done were peaceful, but as the test became moreserious it put a toll on Cooper mental stability.
He began to not be able totell the difference between holograms and real people (Mind vs. Reality). In myopinion, I think there are definitely two sides to this technology. It can mostdefinitely be used to beneficial, ethical reasons, but you would have to beblind to not see both sides. There are without a question ways that virtualreality could be used in an unethical way. An example of this could be violentVR video games which could provide real looking blood and influence violentbehavior among children.
Another example would be the idea of using it insexually inappropriate ways. The next 5-10 years of virtualreality will either make or break our future. In all honesty, as crazy as thatmight sound, the future of how we use this technology is going to prove a lotabout how things will shape up. Virtual reality has its purpose in the world ofbusiness and the future of jobs, but it’s the other things that we need towatch out for. We, as a country, don’t want this fake world of virtual realityto influence bad behavior or to become so dependent on people that it ruinsface to face interactions for good.