VR Simulating Minds, Changing Realities

Mind sim­u­la­tion based on vir­tu­al real­i­ty is the next big thing for mankind. We can use VR for any­thing from a movie the­ater to a tool for phys­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion. But there are more aspects of VR that go beyond enter­tain­ment. It can help peo­ple under­stand them­selves and their world bet­ter. Not lim­it­ed to just that, VR can sim­u­late minds like nev­er before, and change dif­fer­ent real­i­ties entirely.

When explor­ing these ideas in greater depth, how­ev­er, one quick­ly real­izes just how com­pli­cat­ed the top­ic of VR tru­ly is.

Minds are pow­er­ful things. We use them to cre­ate entire worlds with­in our heads, to imag­ine the impos­si­ble. We use them to dream the dream that nev­er was. These uni­vers­es can be as vast as their cre­ator’s desire; from the mun­dane, day-to-day life of a retail work­er in Lon­don, Eng­land all the way up to explor­ing unex­plored galax­ies at speeds faster than light.

But what hap­pens when these worlds cross over into real­i­ty? What if we could use VR to sim­u­late minds or change our real­i­ties? This is where sci­en­tists and futur­ists col­lide: could VR, the tool of our ever-chang­ing ambi­tions, become so ver­sa­tile that it could change how we think about the very nature of real­i­ty itself?

Thus far, the answers remain incon­clu­sive. There are some inter­est­ing things hap­pen­ing in this field of research. Researchers are inves­ti­gat­ing ways to make VR equip­ment act more like a bio­log­i­cal brain when stim­u­lat­ed. The idea is that VR equip­ment might need a sort of “men­tal exer­cise” to func­tion prop­er­ly. Essen­tial­ly, vir­tu­al real­i­ty needs to feel like life in order for it to be ful­ly real­ized and to feel “real.”

The oth­er part of this the­o­ry is that VR equip­ment func­tions much more like an ani­mal sim­ply by being exposed to stim­u­lus. Giv­en prop­er “train­ing” by its users, it can become infi­nite­ly more ver­sa­tile and com­plex than it would be otherwise.

There are count­less exam­ples of VR already improv­ing the lives of peo­ple all around the world. The most obvi­ous one is reha­bil­i­ta­tion, whether for phys­i­cal or men­tal training.

A study was done in which many wheel­chair-bound peo­ple sat in a vir­tu­al real­i­ty envi­ron­ment with an avatar that walked around and explored things just like a nor­mal human being. In doing so, these wheel­chair users were no longer lim­it­ed to their chairs; they could walk freely and explore new envi­ron­ments from their own per­spec­tive instead of from the per­spec­tive of some­one else. 

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Futur­is­tic AI-pow­ered vir­tu­al real­i­ty tech­nol­o­gy will unlock even more poten­tial for free­dom in a vir­tu­al world, espe­cial­ly for those who are phys­i­cal­ly chal­lenged. AI will take care of the brain sim­u­la­tion part, and the hard­ware would be VR eye lenses.

In order to sim­u­late worlds inside VR, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence is cer­tain­ly going to play an enor­mous role. With the help of machines, it will be pos­si­ble for us to sim­u­late lim­it­less and incred­i­bly com­plex worlds. There­fore, we might come to see more and more vir­tu­al worlds such as these in our real­i­ty. As VR becomes more and more pop­u­lar, the dreams we set for it will only increase.

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