Peter Rubin (author of Future Presence: How Virtual Reality is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life) has published an excellent overview of Virtual Reality and it’s history. Starting from Stanley G. Weinbaum’s 1935 short story “Pygmalion’s Spectacles,” the article discusses recent developments in VR, AR, and MR, as well as a look towards the future. Here is an excerpt:
Now VR is finally beginning to come of age, having survived the troublesome stages of the famous “hype cycle”—the Peak of Inflated Expectation, even the so-called Trough of Disillusionment. But it’s doing so at a time when people are warier about technology than they’ve ever been. Privacy breaches, internet addiction, toxic online behavior: These ills are all at the forefront of the cultural conversation, and they all have the potential to be amplified many times over by VR/AR. As with the technology itself, of course, “potential” is only one road of many. But, since VR/AR is poised to make significant leaps in the next two years (for real this time!), there’s no better time to engage with their promise and their pitfalls.
The complete guide can be found at WIRED’s website.