The Future of Imvu and Virtual Relationships

the future of imvu 3d chat and virtual relationships
Computers get exponentially faster stronger and cheaper every day. What would this be like if the image quality improved to the point that it was hard to differentiate between real life? We already know that’s possible. Just look at special effects in the movies.

What if you controlled it by moving around the room like the Xbox Kinect 360? What if you just talked to it like you can already do with the new iPhone or Dragon Naturally Speaking? You’ll probably have to have big screen covered walls like flight simulators too. Or maybe just glasses that sense how your head moves.

It’ll take a little time for computers to combine all these things effectively but they’re already in the process of doing all these things. If you think this is fun and exilerating now it’s really only getting started. You may be the exception having a virtual relationship now but in the future it’ll be as common as couples that met online is today. Actually it might be even more common.

This will concept even if it’s not IMVU specifically, will literally evolve into a version of the hollo deck from Star Trek. All the pieces are already there. It’s just a matter of time for technology to progress to the point that it’s cheap enough and fast enough for everyone.

Will it end wars if we all have best friends all around the world? Will someone like Google have a big enough database of conversations to be as real and as human looking as your friends here are? And if they could and you talked with it all day long how close could you feel? Will humans being so immersed in connections that we ultimately become a human Internet? So many cool questions and things to think about. It’s scary in some ways but it’s developing, if we don’t kill ourselves somehow along the way in the mean time.

3 responses

  1. yea, it’s funny how the stuff of science fiction is slowly becoming reality. though it will probably take a while to have movie style VR where you can’t tell the difference anymore, but it’s amazing how close imvu gets. and your previous post brings up the interesting question of whether a virtual relationship is any different than a real one. philosophers talk about the brain in the bottle problem, that maybe our whole sense of reality is just a simulation. so why not move that simulation to online…

    May 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm

  2. Morgan LaFlame

    I often imagin IMVU being like the submersible world in Caprica. To touch and hug my friends would be a joy.

    June 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

    • It’ll all take time. But if you look back at this place over the past year it’s definitely improved. Look at the Daily Outfit Challenges from a year or two ago and look at the winners today. It’s also interesting to see how much faster people look better today than they did when I was new just a year ago. My year old outfits make me blush and wonder what I was thinking.

      I don’t watch Caprica any more (I did for a little while) but it’s a common theme in a lot from sci fi because it’s not hard to predict. What I think is interesting is how it effects you more intensely than you see in the movies. It will be intensely personal, and incredibly popular. It almost makes me wonder if video games movies and virtual worlds all merging together wont’ be too popular and too addictive. Will we still be able to get work done? Maybe teaching will be done in there and kids will be smarter than ever, who knows. I can’t wait to watch though because this is coming in our life times.

      June 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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