Virtual Reality – How Science Fiction Writers Predicted the Technology



Virtual reality is starting to become a massive trend, and with the birth of high-end devices such as the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, its popularity is seen only to move forward into an even more positive path. Even the simple device that is the Google Cardboard allows people to experience the virtual realm. This is the next digital frontier, and even science-fiction writers from the 1950s were perhaps already predicting the possibility of having such a technology to be brought into this Earth in the future. And perhaps, that future is now.

Virtual Reality - How Science Fiction Writers Predicted the Technology

With Virtual Reality, the Future is Now

Even from the early 1950s, various authors who like to write about science-fiction would experiment with stories of which involved virtual reality and other simulated worlds. For instance, The Veldt, which was published back in 1951 by author Ray Bradbury, told the tale of a pair of children as well as a virtual nursery. There’s also another tale entitled The Tunnel Under the World, which was published back in 1955 from author Frederik Pohl, in which it told the story of a man who relived the same day over-and-over again, until such a time came when he discovered that he is trapped within an unpleasant marketing simulation.

The topic of virtual reality provided many authors to use it as a device to examine a couple of interesting themes – grand-scale fiction and unexplored realms. Even during those times, technological advances made their way into the minds of skilled authors and writers to bring forth the depths of the imagination, especially when talking about the possibility for multiple realities. It showed readers, as well as the authors themselves, to create a reality that was tangible, as well as non-existent at the same time, as people would be able to see, feel, and hear the things around them that are not even real. There are even some stories that showed characters being manipulated as they began questioning the very notion as to what is real and what is not.

Even though we now see virtual reality as a technology that is making waves into the tech scene, it is still seen as a technology that is within its infancy stages. Developers and manufacturers of hardware and software to allow us to access more about the virtual realm are hard at work into bringing a new experience to their customers. Perhaps one day, we may even question what is real and what is not, which is actually quite a scary thought if you think about it.


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