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Apple Vision Pro seems like a Mental Health Nightmare
Counterpoint: Am I just old?
There’s a scene in Minority Report where Tom Cruise is alone, hopped up on drugs, and watching 3D memories of his ex-wife. It’s a dimly lit sad scene about a man who can’t let go of his past.
On Monday, Apple released a video for their new product Apple Vision Pro, A VR headset that will cost $3499 next year. Their product video shows an eerily similar scene of a man sitting in a dimly lit room, watching memories on his headset.
From a mental health standpoint, I don’t understand why anyone would…want this? My father-in-law passed away recently, and we’ve watched videos and looked at pictures. But tricking my brain into thinking I’m in a room with him…
Photos and videos work as a healthy way of remembering someone because there’s a proscenium, a window separating you and said memory. When that line erases, what will happen to our brains?
Full disclosure: I never got into VR. I tried it at a friend’s place a few times, and it always made me physically ill within 10 minutes. I get it as entertainment, a fun thing for video games, but it doesn’t make sense outside of that.
The idea of “living inside” text messages or emails sends a shiver down my spine. If anything, I’m actively trying to detach from tech, reclaim my humanity.
And these are words from someone who loves tech, reads the Verge religiously, and has boxes of gadgets in his garage he should sell. I don’t consider myself a luddite, but the way tech is going…Maybe I am now?
It’s widely documented that our phones have made us more detached, anxious, and depressed. So, why would we want to amp things up with a $3499 headset?
But let me check myself before I, quite frankly, wreck myself.
Here’s a quote from Douglas Adams about technology:
Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
Is he right? Am I just…old?
I don’t want to be old! I really don’t! So instead of going through that Apple video and shouting at the sky, I want to turn this over to you in the comments.
What am I missing about VR?
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