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Virtual Becomes Reality: Pop Culture References that Predicted How Virtual Reality Can Affect Lives

From movies to music videos, the world of pop culture has always dabbled with the ever-fascinating possibilities brought forth by the technology of Virtual Reality. It is, after all, in human nature to want what’s beyond our reach and that—to an extent—is what VR does.

As such, we’ve gathered some instances in pop culture as seen on film, TV, and heard through music that showed how virtual reality can affect lives.

Tron & Tron Legacy

There’s no denying that the entire gaming experience can be amped ten-fold if done in the 3D setting. Of course, there’s no sign that we’ll be able to literally jump into cyberspace in the near future, it still gives us a glimpse into what VR can do—and is already doing—to the world of gaming.

The Lawnmower Man

This Stephen King classic delved at the possible negative side effects of VR. As with everything else, there is a thin line that can easily be crossed. It’s really up to people to make use of technology for just the right reasons.

Demolition Man

VR makes fantasies as true as can be. And where else do fantasies run the most amuck than in the bedroom? Demolition Man predicted a not-so-intimate take on the most intimate of moments.

Music Video for “Amazing” by Aerosmith

Scene from Aerosmith's "Amazing" music video Scene from Aerosmith's "Amazing" music video

Two decades ago, Alicia Silverstone was every red-blooded teenage boy’s fantasy. The music video for “Amazing” brought one on-screen boy’s fantasies to life via his Virtual Headset. Only it turns out, he was living in her virtual reality instead.

Music Video for “I Got You Babe” by Cher featuring Beavis and Butthead

Virtual dating is a decades-old concept. Generation X’s favorite hilarious dimwits got to go on a dream date with Cher back in the nineties.

“Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai

There’s no doubt that VR offers a lot of good possibilities. But with vicarious existence being so enticing, it’s not far-fetched to assume that it can get twisted or that some folks just might end up spending too much time in the virtual world and not nearly enough in the real one.

With the availability of just the right apps, any experience can be yours virtually. And as cliché as it may seem, the future really is now. Yet at the same time, something tells us that we have barely begun to scratch the surface of what virtual reality can bring.

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  • Chris

    In 1975 I read a book called Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy which described how the characters were telepresent using a VR helmet and set of gloves that controlled a miniature robotic dragonfly. It stuck with me, as did my love of VR, RC Helicopters and Dragonflies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Dunn%2C_Invisible_Boy

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