How VR will be the next step in our abstraction from reality

Jake Parrish
2 min readJun 8, 2018
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We are getting closer and closer to leaving our reality…if we are even in reality.

You are probably aware of the theorem at this point, but essentially Elon Musk and many others believe that the chances we are currently living in reality is very slim.

This may be true, but for this argument let us pretend we are still in base reality.

If we are in base reality then we are certainly headed down the path towards living in a simulation.

Unfortanatley for many the world is painful, at least to an extent. With the advance of technology we can shift from this pain to a happy, make-believe world.

Many are currently avoiding the pain by watching TV, Youtube, mindlessly scrolling through social media to watch other people’s lives. It is much easier to turn the TV on and live through someone else’s life.

This is a huge step towards people affording the pain that may be their own life.

The next step, virtual reality, will acclerate this shift towards living a make-believe life.

Virtual reality technology will eventually be so advance that people will not be able to tell the difference between the virual world and the real world (if we are not already living in the virtual world).

How will this affect our progress as a world? Will anyone want to live in the real world if they can simply put a headset on and have all of the happiness that the virtual world provides?

This could be our future. I would love to hear what you all think on this very interesting topic.