Some Thoughts On Virtual Reality. A Decalogue. II

Some Thoughts On Virtual Reality. A Decalogue. II
29/06/2016 Vitruvio Virtual Museum


More than one type of virtual reality exists.

This statement too may seem obvious, but clarity is important. Social networks, the internet in general, 360° videos watched on a computer’s screen, and large projections, are all usually associated to virtuality. And if virtual reality simulates a reality that we can say is effective, it is difficult to claim that social networks, the web and 360° videos are not VR experiences. They are. But they are not immersive virtual reality experiences. Neither is augmented reality. Augmented reality adds information to reality, whereas immersive virtual reality projects the user into another reality (remember that this might even be complete fantasy).

Astronomie - Planche Iere, Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, 1751

Virtual reality is not
just a technology in which computers
simulate the behaviour of
physical environments.
The fact that virtual reality
is possible is an important fact
about the fabric of reality.
It is the basis not only of computation,
but of human imagination and external experience,
science and mathematics, art and fiction.

David Deutsch
The fabric of reality 1997