Student Opinions Split on Virtual Reality

Consumers have to admit that tech isn’t evolving at the rate that people for generations have expected.

If you asked someone twenty years ago what they think the year 2025 would be like, they would probably answer with dreams of flying cars, jetpacks and limitless possibilities.

Although people may think tech is evolving at a fast pace, it’s more of a regular speed but in ranges of tech that people don’t expect.

When humans imagine technology, they always think of the big picture: cures for diseases, full range meals that fit into a simple pills, alternative fuels that out-do petroleum. Although those possibilities aren’t out of the frame, the tech that gets developed is more for the small things.

One of the recent advancements in tech that some people in the tech industry find useless, and others find as a fine lined rapidly evolving medium that could mean many possibilities for us as people, is virtual reality.

Otherwise known as V.R. Virtual reality is defined as, a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way.

Dimond HIgh students are optimistic about new changes and possibilities with the V.R. world, and tech world in general, while others like more of a simple life without wanting more of an evolution on the tech that takes the eye from the natural world we live in.

Sophomore Jonah Raiter that seemed quick to be displeased with how people may consume Virtual Reality in the near future.

After quickly explaining what exactly virtual reality was, I asked him his opinion on the resources that go into tech that has to do with simulated environments.

He was quick to respond saying, “I think it’s kinda dumb because if you wanted to see an environment like that, you should see with your own eyes and experience it like you’re supposed to.”

Although Raiter had argumental points, later on the same day I asked a classmate of his, sophomore Nolan Maus, a similar question. But I got a response that had to do with being beneficial to certain social dynamics of the country and others.

When I asked him his opinions on the developing tech coming in near future, he had a more global perspective on aspects saying, “I think it could be used as possible military training programs instead of using resources towards more of the entertainment side.”

He explained that countries could use this tech as training and more research should be put into this.

Many other students, like sophomore Hunter Denny, had the same types of thoughts on this tech where focus should be more on global scale like the military, or the realm of science.

He said, “It could be used for environmental things and maybe military testing as well as entertainment, and exploring new environments that some people could never get access to until now.”

The issue at hand is that Virtual reality is a very recent breakthrough even though it’s been imagined through TV and movies for decades.

Only recently it has made more steps to becoming a reality.

Simulated reality, is a coming reality.

Since it is still somewhat of a new feel, not all the info is out on the headgears and mechanics of V.R. because it isn’t completely on the consumer market yet. Although you can find some headsets online ranging from $12 to $800

From the interviews I had with various students and others, there seems to be endless possibilities on what could come, but again, it is still being developed day by day, and more news on V.R. seems to come out every day if you pay attention in the tech industry.

Stay tuned for more to come as technology progresses, and as we as people do, also.