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VIRTUAL UNREALITY

The future is here and it looks horrible

epa05174317 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 EstÈvez
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It’s a brave new world.
  • Mike Murphy
By Mike Murphy

Technology editor

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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But in reality, they feed the collective.

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We are legion.

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.

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The future will be an exciting roller coaster.

Meetings will be simpler.

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

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(That’s London mayor Boris Johnson)

There’s no point resisting.

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