I just finished listening to a long interview with John Carmack of Doom and Quake fame, now a Virtual Reality guru at Meta/Facebook. If you have five hours to spare are interested in his thoughts on where technology is moving, with a particular focus on Virtual Reality, you can listen to it here:
The most interesting aspect of this interview was Carmack’s position on the future of Virtual Reality. For a while memes have been floating around about the elites wanting the goyim to live in pods, tied to a VR headset. The WEF even published an interview with some Israeli philosopher who suggested that the elites should keep the plebs busy with drugs and video games. As it is often the case, there is not much exaggeration.
John Carmack states that Virtual Reality can be a “great escape” from reality. He concretely mentions the case of people whose real life sucks. Of course, fixing real problems, as opposed to promoting mass immigration, paraphiliae, or the deadly vaxx is hard work, so politicians are not inclined to do it. In Carmack’s world, your life may suck beyond belief but if your VR headset allows you to partake in a virtual life that is far better than your real one, then everything is fine.
Another aspect of the discussion regarding the utility of VR was that it, according to Carmack, has little appeal for rich people. He believes that this is because they seem to quite enjoy living in the real world, as their access to the levers of power, and a fat bank account, facilitate a lifestyle that is quite pleasant. In all seriousness, how great is living in a virtual palace if you live in a real-life palazzo, and what is the appeal of jerking off to a whore in VR if prime-caliber escorts are just a phone call away?
I used to dismiss claims about the elites wanting to hook us up to VR and sedate us as hyperbole. Now I am not so sure anymore. Meta is arguably the biggest player in the nascent VR field, and the guy who has been leading their VR development efforts for years is telling us that this is exactly what they want to do, and he frames it as a distinctly noble goal. Well, the sedation of the nation is in full swing already anyway. People have been dying en masse as a consequence of their fentanyl addition, and the use of anti-depressants is at an all-time high as well. A brave new world is just around the corner.