There’s nothing wrong with believing in your product, but Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has some rather extreme beliefs in Virtual Reality.
Luckey was yesterday reported to have said he believes VR is so pervasive that it could spell the end of the television set.
Luckey not only believes that VR could mean the end of the TV, but it could lead to making physical interaction “irresponsible” in certain situations.
“How do I know you’re reall?
“You’re just standing there. You could be a hologram. But we’re still having a meaningful interaction,” he claimed.
“At some point it could even be [considered to be] irresponsible to waste the resources to… why did you need to get on a plane and burn all of that fuel to ship yourself over when you could have just hopped in your VR headset?”
The Oculus co-founder also disagrees with the notion that wearing a VR headset could make one feel isolated.
“Physically isolated, maybe. But I don’t think socially isolated,” he asserted. “If anything, I think VR is one of the most potentially connecting technologies we have out there.
“I guess you will have to ask yourself, ‘Why do we care if we’re physically isolated if we’re mentally connected?’ If you can perfectly simulate reality, why do you need to actually go see people in real life?”
We get what he’s saying, but we don’t quite believe we’re ready to embrace the tech on such a massive scale.
We can also think of one physical need that just won’t be the same in a “virtual” manner.