Last Thursday I met with a philosophy professor from the Warsaw University. The discussion centered around the steep topic of imagination. I came out of this meeting with a number of new understandings. Here’s just a short and not quite worked-through thought that maps these new insights to the area of Virtual Reality (VR).
Holocaust started by manipulating the image of the Jewish people. Shortly afterwards, Europe was filled with concentration camps.
Imagination breeds the most remarkable and the most horrible ideas. Therefore, any device that captures and manipulates imagination is extremely powerful. Virtual Reality is one such device.
It has promising possibilities, but it can become the future weapon of mass destruction, because it can remotely manipulate imaginations at scale. It should be embraced with much caution.