Once Virtual Reality becomes part of our shared reality, how will it change our perception of what is real? I mean, once a meeting moves to a shared virtual space, everybody can tweak the experience to what they want. I could choose to have strong language filtered out. I could choose to appear in different form, different mood than I really am. I could choose the people around me to appear happy.
Even now, what we experience differs. Primed with one thought or another, we might remember completely different parts of a conversation. But still it seems that all possible experiences are presented to everyone equally. Not so in AR. I could have chosen to only be presented with half of it, and have some virtual ones added that nobody else can have. How different will it be?
Today I went to Salzburg for a brief appointment, 3.5 hours commute (one way) for less than an hour worth of “quality time”. It was great! I love traveling in trains, I meditated lots and slept some, and even got a bit of work done.
And Salzburg still has lots more snow, so I got to enjoy a walk through the snowy town. Lucky me!
This morning I woke up thinking about the implications of blending VR/AR/AI with the reality as we know it. Think, for example, about getting drunk. Could a VR/AI create the illusion of being drunk? Granted, I am not the most proficient in this topic, since I’ve never been drunk. But I have heard many people say that without drinking x amount of alcohol, they aren’t able to do certain things, like dance, or socialize.
Imagine attending an AR party, and you felt shy about talking to someone. Imagine you could blend your own appearance with an AI that did the first talking for you, until you felt comfortable to take over. Or, what about overrating your dance skills when you’re drunk? Your AR representation could just improve your dance movements for you ever so slightly. You could even choose to make everyone there look a little better, be a little funnier or be more interesting in some other way.
I mean, if we remember reality in different ways now, how significant is it if the experience is completely different in the first place? How could we ever have an argument about who is right? But I digress… I’d love to see AR decrease the need to drink alcohol.