Virtual Reality: If GQ can ask it, why shouldn’t we?

Posted on May 31, 2016 by

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So ya. The VR (virtual reality) bandwagon is rolling along steadily, capturing the attention of eyes with a host of strap-on-your-face viewing devices that, at first glance, make you look like deer caught in the headlights. Charming, right?

Well, I know you’ve just been itching to talk about this topic because GQ gave me a sign. Now, I know, I know. Not exactly a reliable source for tech trend analysis, the way Mashable is also sort-of-used-to-be-but-not-really-one-anymore either—but I digress…

Being the longstanding trend setting rag that it thinks it is, GQ may offer a humourous take on VR; however, there is one passage on that article I’d like to bring to your attention:

The next big leap is going to be around social communication—bringing your body into virtual reality so you’re able to communicate with other people as if you’re actually with them in the real world.

Meanwhile, I’m all: OHRLY??

And here, my friends, is where we set off on this week’s chat to do some thoughtful exploration around this fascinating technological trend:

Q1 What are your initial impressions about this trend? Is it a fad or does it offer practical benefits for broader use?

Q2 Have you ever tried VR? Thoughts? Is it your cuppa?

Q3 Any downsides you see with use of VR (short or long term)?

Q4 VR is being proposed for “social communications”. Like, really? What does that even mean?? Thoughts?

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NOTE: My trusted associate and esteemed colleague, Chris (@sourcePOV) will be moderating this session in my stead. 

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