It is interesting to have an experience so transformative as to give one the impression of seeing the future within the present. Usually, this involves seeing a part of the world in some profoundly different way than one is accustomed to seeing it. In the age of rapid incremental technological progress, oftentimes we forget what this kind of experience feels like. Today, every bit of progress feels like a half-step over what has come before, like a ‘Xeno’s Paradox’ of new phones, televisions, and video game systems constantly telling us that this half-step will be the one that gets us to the door.
Well, folks, in this analogy, virtual reality is the door, and I have spent the past week or so looking through it. I am pleased to say that the experience is sufficiently above and beyond any normal step forward in technology to be worth writing about, though it also comes with some caveats.