VIRTUAL UNREALITY

The future is here and it looks horrible

At the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona this week we were given a glimpse of the new world order.

Samsung on Feb. 21 unveiled its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge—iterations on the similarly named S6 models from last year—but the main thing it showed off was a glimpse of a strikingly new world and the prophet heralding its arrival, Mark Zuckerberg.

The founder of Facebook, connector of billions, strode confidently onstage at Samsung amidst a sea of plugged-in civilians, all experiencing a collective virtual-reality demonstration. In one fell swoop, while reminiscing about coding when he was 11 years old and explaining how great VR content has become, Zuckerberg brought to the fore a new delineation in society: The connected and unconnected classes.

Our leaders walk amongst us, unnoticed. (Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg)

The unconnected class controls what the rest of us see, how we the connected interact with each other, what we buy, what we consume. We, as one body, separated by distance but bound by VR headsets, willingly accept.

People wear Samsung Gear VR devices as they attend the launching ceremony of the new Samsung S7 and S7 edge smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX27XXM
(Reuters/Albert Gea)

Those of us who try to see beyond the virtual are quickly discovered.

Attendees use the new Samsung Gear 360, a 360-degree camera, during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event on the eve of this week’s Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernadez)
((AP Photo/Manu Fernadez)

We may have our own goals, desires, and dreams.

(AP Photo/Manu Fernadez)

But in reality, they feed the collective.

epa05174316 People use VR goggles during Samsung's presentation at a preview day of the the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 21 February 2016. The Mobile World Congress 2016 will run from 22 to 25 February 2016.  EPA/Alberto Estévez
(EPA/Alberto Estévez)

We are legion.

People wear Samsung Gear VR devices as they attend the unveiling ceremony of the new Samsung S7 and S7 edge smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 21, 2016. REUTERS/Albert Gea - RTX27Y0W
(Reuters/Albert Gea)

Soon, as the Samsung Gear VR is now being given away as a free add-on to any Samsung Gear S7 preorder, we shall all join the connected class. Only those who are pure of vision and flush with venture capital shall remain unconnected to help shape our experiences.

People react as they wear Samsung Gear VR goggles at CES International, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

The future will be an exciting roller coaster.

Meetings will be simpler.

Participants attend the 'Collisions. A Virtual Reality World Premiere' event at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich - RTX23C5I
(Reuters/Ruben Sprich)

World leaders will join the connected class, ceding power to the remaining few unconnected to make our decisions for us.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wears virtual reality goggles during a visit to the Google offices in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
(That’s London mayor Boris Johnson) (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

There’s no point resisting.

A woman shows VR goggles manufactured by hands-free 3D virtual reality system for smartphones Durivis during the Gamescom 2015 fair in Cologne, Germany August 5, 2015. The Gamescom convention, Europe's largest video games trade fair, runs from August 5 to August 9. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach  - RTX1N3VL
(Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

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