The Dangers of Building VR Experiences from Personal Memories

Many of us would relish the opportunity to step back into a memory—not just view it in a slideshow or video recording but truly relive the situation. That seems to be a possibility within the developing VR world. According to Google VR vice president Clay Bavor there will be a push toward capturing personal moments in 3D and allowing users of VR technology to interact with them later in life. A very clear risk here, as noted by G Clay Whittaker, is that some might have trouble wanting to step out or step away. This is a very science fiction-like issue (reminiscent of “Inception”) but as VR technology improves, it may provide an opportunity to capture loved ones before they’re gone and live with them in a fully immersive digital world through the same memories, over and over—a potentially addictive escape.