We’re about a year-and-a-half into the current crop of consumer VR units. And while we’ve seen a lot of great content and experiences over those 18 months, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what virtual reality has to offer.
VR can take you to places and put you in situations that you may never be able to experience in real life. Want to climb Mount Everest? There’s an app for that. Want to go SCUBA diving but can’t even swim? You can do it. Fancy a trip to outer space to float around in a space station? Check. But all of these are mere experiential travel that stress place over people. The real power of virtual reality comes when it’s used to expose the human condition, no matter what that condition may be.
As Within founder and CEO Chris Milk said in his 2015 TED Talk, virtual reality has the ability to become the “ultimate empathy machine” because “it connects humans to other humans in a profound way.” But it’s not just because of the technology alone – it all hinges on how creators and producers use the technology.