Virtual Reality: Innovative Or Bizarre?

Virtual Reality: Innovative Or Bizarre?

Where does it end?
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As a millennial (whatever that term means), it’s rare to think about how much technology has progressed because millennials are a part of the progression of technology and don’t care so much for the course of it. Instead, we are more interested in moving along with it. It is also in a sense difficult to really grasp the evolution of technology as a millennial because most of us are really involved in what is current to our time.

One of the more recent technological innovations is Virtual Reality. VR is essentially an innovation where people can use headsets in order to visually (and sometimes physically) experience a different reality from the one you are currently experiencing (x). VR is used a lot for gaming and some companies have even added motion sensors to install inside the room so that your body can become a part of the VR experience. People are also able to experience what it’s like to climb Mount Everest for example, and enjoy the view, while sitting on their couch in New Jersey. The most basic form of virtual reality is the Google cardboard headset that allows you to use your phone for VR while looking at it through the cardboard lens (x). The newest form of VR experience will be released by Sony in October for the Play Station 4 (x).

Now, there is another side to VR besides gaming and nice views that really make you question what the implications are of experiencing a virtual world. Will VR have a negative impact on social relations and is this just another step for our world to be completely computerized? Or will it die down like 3D? VR has taken steps to completely transform mundane activities such as cooking or dining at a restaurant. For instance, people are now able to learn how to cook with VR even though most people will agree that it isn’t anything close to the real thing. But what if it eventually does become like the real thing? In Ibiza, headsets are handed to customers in some of the restaurants so that they could experience a different world while eating their food (x). They could be under water while eating their meal for example. VR also allows you to work. Yes, you read that correctly, work. With their job simulator, you’re able to work at a convenience store as a cashier or work in a cubicle. With the cooperation of NASA, astronauts and people will be able to virtually experience what it’s like to be on Mars or the moon.

VR has the ability to revolutionize how we learn skills and train for careers. Military training would be experienced through a VR simulator in order to make it safer for soldiers. Medical students are currently able to study surgeries that were recorded with VR. Doctors can practice new surgeries with VR in a controlled and safe environment as well. It would be interesting to see how VR job trainees perform in comparison to regular trainees. Our immediate response would be to think that VR trainees will fail once they are put to the actual task. But what if instead, they are much calmer and more confident after VR training?

With VR, history enthusiasts can experience important historical moments and feel as if they are physically there. You can visit the Louvre or the Statue of Liberty from your couch. Will this overcome a person’s need to travel the world and experience things for themselves? Maybe not for a person who has experienced travelling but perhaps this will be the case for younger people who have never travelled before and the world they grow into will only have VR to offer.

The first Virtual Reality Cinema was opened in Amsterdam. Audience members wearing VR headsets are able to experience the movie from one of the actor’s perspectives (this sounds absolutely sick). VR can sometimes appear to be something extremely helpful that would make our jobs easier and in a sense, accurate. Juries would be able to assess crime scenes more easily instead of looking at pictures. Detectives can also have access to crime scenes without tampering with evidence, assuming the simulator is extremely accurate. Another benefit from VR is virtual physical therapy. Studies show that patients show better improvement when they visually experience calm settings while being on a treadmill for example.

There is another VR experience that has recently become popular which is porn. This is sort of bizarre to think about because the need for social interaction and relationships will slowly begin to diminish if people feel the same amount of satisfaction without having to interact with another human. Again, some people may argue that it will never feel like the real thing but many people who have tried it are amazed at how immersive the experience is (x). Also, for people who have never experienced the real thing, their only reality would be a virtual one. Will this overcome the desire to have a physical relationship? Studies show that our generation has the most people suffering from porn-induced erectile dysfunction than any other generation. It’s scary to think how much more prevalent of a problem this will be if VR porn slowly starts to take over our sex lives.

It may be too soon to fully evaluate the implications of a virtual reality because again, it might just be forgotten like 3D. Perhaps humane desires are much stronger than technology and we will always feel the desire to experience things for ourselves. By the same token, an anti-social generation may develop where virtual reality is seen as a relief or an escape from social anxieties.

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5 Games To Play In School That They Never Block

You used to play these games in school, and so did everyone you know.
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Even though some games were blocked on the school's internet, these games were not (for most people) and we used it to our full advantage. Also, one of the pictures on this article will take you to the actual game itself, it is up to you to find it. Good Luck!

1. Poptropica

This game was always so fun but 99% of the time I would only play on spy island.

2. QWOP

This is the source of misbehavior in schools because this game was so aggravating.

3. playretrogames

This entire website was never blocked so it was constantly being played on the computer.

4. CoolMath

Again, an entire gaming website that was never blocked and had what was honestly some really fun casual games.

5. The Impossible Quiz

THIS NEEDS TO DIE

If you are kids are in school and looking for some fun during the day, these websites are almost never blocked by the school's wifi. (Just don't get caught). I hope you enjoyed this article and if you did please feel free to follow myself and the Anderson Universtiy page and I will see you all next time, bye!

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5 Apps To Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

To help you focus on making the most of the year.

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It's getting to that point in the year where people are starting to lose steam when it comes to their New Year's Resolutions. If you're like me, you make some pretty big goals, but then fall short on how to achieve them. We are all so connected to our phones, that sometimes the best way to keep track of our goals, is to use our phones. Here's a list of 5 apps that will help keep you on track for your New Year's resolutions.

1. Goodreads.

If one of your resolutions was to read more, then this is the app for you. Goodreads lets you set a reading goal for the year and track your progress. You can make reading lists and track your progress page by page. It also allows you to review books and read other people's reviews.

2. TV Time.

If one of your resolutions was to catch up on all of those shows that people talk about that you've never seen, then try TV Time. Much like Goodreads, it allows you to select what shows you want to watch, log shows you have watched, and track your progress episode by episode. It also lets you look at reviews and interact with other users.

3. Letterboxd.

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If TV shows aren't your thing, but you vowed to watch more movies, then Letterboxd is more your speed. Browse movies by genre, popularity, release date, and many more. Select the movies you have watched and pick which ones are on your watchlist. You can make lists of movies and browse others altogether and you can also rate and review every movie.

4. Flora.

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If you have made either a resolution to use your phone less or to focus more, try downloading Flora. Flora lets you set a timer 25 minutes up to almost 2 hours. Once you set a timer, a seed is planted on your phone and if you click any buttons, the plant will die. However, if you succeed and don't use your phone within the time you set, a tree will grow and will be added to your digital garden. If you need a little more incentive, you can bet real money that you won't lose. If you do lose, you pay the money and a real tree is planted in a rural community. When signing up with Facebook, you can also see how many trees your friends have planted.

5. One List.

App Of The Day: One List

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One of the New Year's resolutions people have is to be more productive. If you're like me, you're most productive when you have a list of the things you have to do. One List is the most simple to do list app I have found. You simply pull down on the screen to add something to the list. You can set a priority for each task and then they are automatically sorted from highest to lowest priority. Then you simply swipe to check a task off the list.

So, unless one of your resolutions was to reduce how much you use your phone or stop using your phone altogether, some of these apps are bound to help you achieve one of your resolutions.

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