What is reality? a question asked throughout history, whose very mundane answer does nothing to really describe our experience of it.
The answer according to Wikipedia is ‘Reality is the sum or aggregate of all that is real or existent, as opposed to that which is merely imaginary. The term is also used to refer to the ontological status of things, indicating their existence.’
According to quantum mechanics though this description also doesn’t really describe the nature of reality, given the need for observation for reality to exist.
Technology is not only pushing us toward a time where can understand our experience of reality and existence but also giving us the ability to alter what we perceive as real, according to the non-real fictional character Morpheus from the film the Matrix ‘If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.’
The advent of Virtual and Augmented reality has already impacted our lives in ways we did not imagine 10 years ago, and will progress toward a time where we can call and interact with virtual objects into our physical reality and transport ourselves entirely to new realities in StarTek style holodecks and even evolve what it means to be an individual.
Throughout this theme ‘The Future of Reality’ we will dive into these subjects and really explore them in detail.