With so many advances in science and technology, it’s only natural that our future lives will be completely different from what we experience now.
Not only will things be different in the way that we do business or watch TV, our relationships will also change.
For example imagine this…
The year is 2025 (a mere 10 years from now). You’re having dinner at home with your wife and kids. The kids are fighting about whose turn it is to wash the dishes, and your wife is telling you about her day at work.
You help your kids finish their homework, you take out the garbage and then you go online to pay some bills. After the kids are in bed, you and your wife make love and you drift off contentedly to sleep.
So far life does not seem to have changed very much from the present, right?
However, later that evening, you join your second (or maybe even your third or fourth) family for dinner. Here too, your kids are having an argument about washing the dishes, and your wife wants to tell you about her crazy day at work.
You also have to help your kids with their homework, take out the garbage and pay the bills before month-end. Finally when the kids are asleep, you and your wife make love and drift off to sleep.
In the future, would you consider having more than one wife at the same time?
And no, I’m not talking about polygamy – at least not the way we view polygamy today. What I’m talking about is breakthroughs in nanotechnology becoming so advanced, that virtual reality becomes “the new reality”.
What will happen to us if virtual reality becomes so real, that you can be married both in the “real” world and in the “virtual” world at the same time?
What if your virtual life with your virtual wife and children is as complex, emotional and fulfilling as your “real” life? What if the lines between what we consider to be “real” and “unreal” become blurred; could you live two lives at once? Would you consider being a “polygamist” after all?
Additionally, what happens when technology becomes so advanced that you can “live” in your virtual reality permanently? If guys can have the “perfect” life, with the “perfect” wife in a virtual world, would anyone really want to come out and face their “real” life and its real-life problems?
What is Possible Today?
A lot of guys are skeptical when it comes to the future of technology. Many believe that it is overrated and that it’s not likely that we’ll accomplish all the things scientists and engineers claim we will sometime in the future.
The truth is even though virtual reality makes a lot of people feel uneasy, it is definitely here to stay, and the possibility of having more than one “wife” is closer than you might think.
Already, teledildonics has taken sex to a different level. Teledildonics, (also known as “cyberdildonics”) are electronic sex toys that are controlled by a computer and enable a person to “have sex” and even reach orgasm with a virtual partner.¹
Presently, there are “networks” springing up that are connecting teledildonics users remotely so that they can “have sex” with each other without ever meeting in person. However, for people not interested in having sex with other people (even remotely), there are other options.
For example, Tenga, a Japanese manufacturer of disposable male sex toys have unveiled a device that allows guys to receive sexual favors from an anime character through virtual reality goggles. With their updated software and graphics Tenga are promoting robot-assisted virtual sex.
Tenga CEO, Tsuneki Sato, firmly believes that this is the future of sex. “I think in the future, the virtual real will become more real than actual real sex,” he said.²
So what is possible today? With robotic appendages simulating the real ones, and with virtual avatars, haptics, VR, and augmented reality platforms like Google Glasses, Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, the way we think about sex and relationships is definitely changing.
For some, the advances in nanotechnology are already making them uncomfortable and it’s easier to write it off by saying, “They’ll never really be able to replace reality with a virtual reality because technology will never get that advanced.”
Yet, the truth is, to think like this is really naïve. Technology is already progressing in leaps and bounds and virtual reality is already REAL.
Are We Letting Our Imaginations Run Away With Us?
It’s one thing to talk about what “might” happen one day, but for most of us plugging ourselves into weird sex contraptions and clumsy gadgets is really not appealing – no matter how much we’d like to have virtual sex with a sexy avatar.
So the possibility of actually having more than one wife at once doesn’t even seem realistic right now. The question is: Do we want more from technology than it is able to deliver?
The fact is, the only thing that has been holding virtual reality back is the ability for computers to keep up with our imaginations.
However, based on Moore’s law, “the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years,”³ which in layman’s terms simply means that processor speed, or overall processing power for computers will double every two years; and it seems that this prediction has proven to be accurate thus far.
It’s true that if we still had computers from the 80’s, we would definitely be letting our imaginations run away with us. However, computers have changed so much in the last 20 years that astronomers have even managed to create a virtual universe using a computer simulation.
According to the report published in the journal Nature, “previous attempts to simulate the universe were hampered by lack of computing power and the complexities of the underlying physics. As a result those programs either were limited in resolution, or forced to focus on a small portion of the universe. Earlier simulations also had trouble modeling complex feedback from star formation, supernova explosions, and supermassive black holes.”
However, the new simulation, which is called Illustris employs a sophisticated computer program which can “recreate the evolution of the universe in high fidelity.
It includes both normal matter and dark matter using 12 billion 3-D “pixels,” or resolution elements.” It took the team five years to develop Illustris and only 3 months to “create the universe”. If they had used an average desktop computer, their calculations would have taken more than 2,000 years to complete!⁴
What’s in it for You?
It’s simple really – if technology is powerful enough to create a virtual universe with stars, explosions and black holes, then it’s only a matter of time before this technology will be used to create virtual worlds that we can “live” in, without having to strap ourselves into awkward gadgets to do it.
According to futurist and inventor, Raymond Kurzweil, nanotechnology is the next technological revolution. He believes that “Nanotech Age” will begin between 2025 and 2050 and that “mature ‘molecular manufacturing’ or ‘molecular nanotechnology’ will enable us to manifest our dreams.”⁵
Essentially, only 10 years from now you could be living your dream life.
Star Trek in your own living room.
Back in 1987, Gene Roddenberry introduced the holodeck to Star Trek viewers and captured our imaginations ever since. It was used by Starfleet personnel for training, diagnostics and recreation and it was our first glimpse into what virtual reality can mean to us.
In Star Trek the holodeck was used to recreate or simulate settings and events for analysis. For example a crew member was able to use to holodeck to simulate a crime scene and look for clues to help with their investigation in the “real” world. Often it was used by the onboard “virtual” doctor to treat sick crew members.
Recreational functions of the holodeck’s were only limited by the crew’s imaginations. They could use the holodeck to go on a beach holiday, relive a day in history or just as a safe place to hang out with some virtual friends and relax.
In Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Quark often rented out his holosuites for sexual purposes .⁶ Of course in Star Trek the holodeck was so advanced and the simulation so real, that anything was possible.
Now imagine how useful this type of nanotechnology will be for us? Not only can we use the holodeck to work out a pressing problem in our “real” life, we can also use it to travel to remote places in the world (and even in the solar system) that we couldn’t ordinarily get to or afford.
We could also use the holodeck to create the perfect life.
You can find yourself living anywhere you want – from a lush penthouse suite in Manhattan to a villa on a private beach on a tropical island. You can be anyone you want to be – president of the USA or even of the world, rich as Warren Buffett or famous as an A-list movie star.
In your holodeck you can do anything you want to do without the fear of getting hurt or failing – think base jumping, downhill skiing, or deep-sea diving with great white sharks. Most importantly, you can date and marry anyone you want.
If top Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel is your dream woman in real life, she can be your girlfriend or even your wife in your holodeck. You can have a fulfilling emotional and sexual relationship with her and even have children together, while at the same time maintaining a relationship and a family in real life too.
Sounds too good to be true? Not if scientists and researchers are to be believed. Some even say that we could have holodecks by 2024, and if you have the money, you could even buy one today (though it would be crude compared to the holodecks on Star Trek).
Advanced Micro Devices (A.M.D) in Sunnyvale, Calif, corporate fellow Phil Rogers and his team have already built a version of a holodeck. It’s shaped like a dome and is covered with wall-to-wall projectors. The room uses surround sound, augmented reality and other technologies to recreate the real world.
“The holodeck is something we’ve been fixated on here for a number of years as a future target experience that would be truly immersive,” said Mr. Rogers. “Ten years ago, it seemed like a dream. Now, it feels within reach.”
But A.M.D are not alone in their quest for the perfect holodeck.
Microsoft has is also a frontrunner of this technology, filing several patents related to holodecks and building prototypes, and researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have also created a version of a holodeck which can be used to model global weather patterns, study the way new drugs work in the body and help doctors practice surgeries.⁷ And the list goes on and on.
Are You Ready to Plug Into the Matrix?
If Star Trek and holodecks aren’t really your thing, it seems that technology has got that covered too. The thing is, scientists and researchers are more intent than ever to make the virtual world as realistic as possible. Why?
Well consider this…
When it comes right down to it, our physical bodies are a hindrance. The body is limited by the laws of physics and is extremely fragile. It can be damaged or killed in an instant and if a critical body part gets badly injured, the entire body can die.
Our physical bodies also deteriorate by aging. Either way, for now, if our body dies, our brain dies too. Which is why the main goal for so many researchers is to completely eliminate the restrictions we were born with; and virtual reality is the ultimate tool!
Not only can it overcome all the physical laws that bind us, it can also offer a much more attractive option to living in the real body.
An even better virtual reality alternative to the holodeck called “Vertebrane” was proposed by Marshall Brain in the book Manna. Vertebrane is a speculative brain-computer system that will serve as a replacement for one of the upper cervical vertebra in the human spine.
“The Vertebrane system taps into all sensory and motor nerve bundles flowing to and from the brain. Vertebrane allows for augmented reality or a complete disconnection of the brain from the biological body and subsequent electronic reconnection to a virtual body typically inhabiting a virtual world. It would be the “ultimate videogame controller.”
With Vertebrane, everything you can do in the real world, you will be able to do even better in the virtual world.
Add to this the fact that Vertebrane will be able to disconnect your brain from your body and reconnect it to a virtual avatar, and that your avatar will have all the same muscles as your real body, and your brain will be able to control them all in the exact same way that it controls your biological muscles, and your virtual reality experience will now become every bit as “real” as the real world.⁸
In fact, your experiences through your avatar will be even better than those in the real world. For example, if you wear glasses in the real world, in your virtual world you will have perfect vision. If in the real world you are a paraplegic or disabled in any way, in your virtual world you will be perfect in every way.
When it comes to relationships, you will no longer have to “settle” for any woman you can get. You will be able to have sex with as many women as you like and it will feel even better than the “real” thing.
You will also be able to marry a supermodel if you want to and enjoy a life of glitz and glamour, while in your real life you remain married to an ordinary woman and live an ordinary wife. In your virtual world you can be James Bond – you will only be limited by your own dreams and desires.
Is Virtual Reality Destined to Become the New Reality?
Whether we like it or not, virtual reality is the wave of the future. Gamers in particular are taking every measure to make virtual reality even more real than reality. It is now a matter of “when” not “if” this is going to happen.
Yet, what happens when this day comes? What happens when virtual reality becomes more real and more appealing than the real world? Would you stay married to your real wife and continue going to your dull job if you have the option of living permanently in your perfect life? If you can be Superman all the time would you really want to be Clark Kent?
Ultimately the question you have to ask is not, “In the future will it be acceptable to have many wives at once,” but rather, “In the future will it be acceptable to have many wives at once and live in a virtual reality permanently.”
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