Don’t worry; I won’t be getting into the land of attempting to write about the world of quantum mechanics, string theory or physics. I guess the talk today is more about the reality we live in, and how we will soon have the ability to watch any reality we can imagine and create - virtually.
I used to think this path was really a good idea for the future, yet, after playing in the lab with many ideas, I kept coming back to what my reality seems to be – I am drawn more toward nature, the paces and rhythms in it, than I am sticking myself into a complete VR suite, or a sitting on a motion base to experience something new.
DO I see a great world opening up for uses with for example handicapped or sensory deprived people – yes. DO I think we will use these technologies for that purpose? Not really. Our current gaming trajectory will have our youth going deeper and deeper into “reality” gaming. The irony is that the line between “you are dead” and “hit replay and try again” will further dilute in players minds.
When I used to watch fighter pilots come out of their simulators after dogfights, they were usually drenched in sweat – the simulation was take literally for them.
When I see our future warriors, I have this odd vision that it will be 12-year-old kids saying, “oh man, I was killed!” They take a swig of soda, a bite of pizza and say, “hit the reset button!”
I know all this technology we have is wonderful for getting a new or different perspective on everything. VR and the world have some wondrous application. Training simulations, and the ability to repair and fix things with using VR and GPS technology. Then again, as I type, I don’t think man will be working too long in these service repair areas – robots will eventually take over.
No, as odd as it sounds, and with all the strange audio, visual, olfactory, and tactile response testing and playing we did – either I got bored with it? Technology wasn’t refined enough to really make the experience believable? Or I realized that external factors were helpful, but they would never change the interior dynamic of the heart and soul – they would just allow for infinite escapism or fantasy entertainment.
Guess that is why I really look forward to sitting on the rock in Colorado, staring at the rising sun, behind me all sort of tests and growing of things using technology to help make a healthier life for some people on the planet.
But the path to get here, actually happened when I unplugged and looked inside. While it really sucked to shine light into the dark corners, it was the best thing i could ever do for my reality.
Another unexpected thing happened in the process, all the theory of Bohrs, Einstein and Bell with reality suddenly made sense. You see inside yourself that you have all the various elements, but the reality is what you happen stop at the time and see. It doesn’t mean it really is that state on another time.
Just don’t ask me to make a mathematical model of it all.