The Virtual Reality Revolution Is Here

The virtual reality revolution is here, and it’s already having small impacts in all sorts of industries, but the best is still to come. If you look at just...

The virtual reality revolution is here, and it’s already having small impacts in all sorts of industries, but the best is still to come. If you look at just some of the small nudges the technology is giving to things like education, gaming, future job possibilities, culture, and the arts, then you know that before long all of those vocations and areas of interest are just going to be blown wide open.

And yes, virtual reality is still in its infancy. But this is the stuff that was deemed impossibly futuristic, and the stuff of dreams within sci-fi adventures; and now, it’s complete real, and getting more refined almost on a monthly basis in a worldwide push by programmers and designers.

Impact On Education

When virtual reality blossoms into the land of practicality – that’s when education is really going to be affected. Children being born to this next generation are not only going to have the world’s information at their fingertips, they’ll likely be able to interact with it in ways not thought imaginable even a short while ago by the mainstream public.

Impact On Gaming

And for there tens of millions of video game enthusiasts out there, virtual reality is just started to raise the curtain on all of the possibilities. Just looking at the current VR headsets on the market will give you an idea of the size and scope of the projects that both major companies and smaller, independent ones are taking on. Because VR in this sense is both a hardware and software concept, the designing is taking a bit longer, as those two technologies have to coincide.

Impact On Future Jobs

And what kind of amazing jobs are there going to be as virtual reality becomes more mainstream? You’ll be able to take classes in virtual reality programming. Better and faster computer chips and processors will have to be tinkered with in the hardware world, along with ways to make tighter and more realistic visuals for the user to experience. The industry is absolutely going to explode.

Impact On Culture

And what about culture as a whole? People are already addicted to social media and the immediate gratification that it presents. When you head the full immersion of virtual reality into it, what reason will people have to do much more than drift into their own separate universes?

Impact On the Arts

And the arts, like painting and drawing and design, will be highly affected as well. Once the right tools are in place, people will be able to draw with no physical resources, but rather just have virtual interpretations of their movements and designs. It will be absolutely incredible in terms of creative potential, collaborative potential, and evening the playing field between people who have more or less money to spend on physical resources.

Anna is a freelance writer and researcher from the Olympia, WA area who loves to obsess about weird topics and then write about them. When she isn't writing, she is outside on her bike and contemplating her eventual trip to graduate school.
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