Will virtual reality replace real life

Virtual Reality or The End of Real Reality?

After a brief hype a few years ago, VR technology was mainly present in the gamer scene, but not necessarily in practical everyday applications. With the corona crisis and the lockdown, virtual reality became more present again, at least in the media. But can VR glasses actually replace a visit to a museum, a real meeting with friends or even a pilgrimage?

Prepare for real reality

Virtual objects can also trigger reactions and feelings in us humans that are similar or the same as those in reality. This effect is useful in exposure therapy, for example: to free people from their arachnophobia, they are shown virtual tarantulas, for example. We asked sociologist and VR expert Jonathan Harth whether this type of confrontation actually prepares for real hairy reality and where VR technology can and should replace real reality. (Olivera Stajić, September 4th, 2020)

Jonathan Harth works as a research assistant at the Chair of Sociology at the University of Witten / Herdecke. His main research interests include the sociology of digitization (especially virtual reality and sociality under the conditions of machine intelligence) and the sociology of religion (Western Buddhism). Since 2020 he has been working in the research project "Ai.vatar - the virtual intelligent assistant" (EFRE) and is dedicated to the development and research of artificially intelligent avatars for use in virtual and augmented environments.

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