Virtual Fear – Facebook buys Oculus Rift

Today the “Great Book of Faces” bought Oculus Rift for 2 billion dollarios (˜ 3.5*106 BTC). For those of you who live behind the moon, Oculus Rift develops a Virtual Reality Gaming System. Basically, 2 computer monitors attached directly in front of your eyes (VR Glasses). First Valve had some flirt with the company, but know I think there is some tension. I hope that Valve does not start a cooperation with the “Big Blue”.

Mr. Sweetymountain commented on his triumphal purchase among other things the following:

But this is just the start. After games, we’re going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home.

This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.

And here my brain starts to hurt.

Welcome to the dystopian future.

Do we want to live in a world where everybody sits alone at home with his VR-Glasses on? I say alone because when everybody has these kind of glasses on a true human interaction is not possible. I think the creation of a full virtual reality is really problematic. Some people got really addicted by a normal game like WoW, but imagine what would happen if an entire world is inside of this reality? I like more the idea of enhancing the reality with augmented reality things. To help discover our own world further. I don’t have something against games or also VR-Games, because one can limit his stay inside this reality. But when you create a platform where everything will transform into virtual reality I getting scared.

Another question is, who would runs this world? The big blue does not really stand for openness. All we hear about them is destruction of personal privacy and monetizing their “customers” by showing them constantly advertisements and selling their interests and habits to market research companies. So think of what virtual reality they would create. Mr. Sweetymountain would enslave all the virtual inhabitants, showing them constantly blinking advertisements and selling them virtual goods and adventures. On surplus everything gets patented and he creates the opposite of Tim Berners-Lee open world wide web.

A friend of mine suggested me to take a look into the book Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline. Maybe this will bring some more thoughts on this theme and I’ll write about it.

I personally don’t want to look like the person in this well fitting piece of art by EranFolio:

Reality 1920×1200 by EranFolio on deviantART

feature image by Nan Palmero