Dark Visions of Augmented Reality

Posted By on December 3, 2015

Just as the fish donned skin to walk the earth, and man donned a space suit to walk in space, we’ll now don cyber suits to walk in Cyberia. In ten years most of our daily operations, occupational, education, and recreational, will transpire in Cyberia. Each of us will be linked in thrilling cyber exchanges with man others whom we may never meet in person. Face-to-face interactions will be reserved for special, intimate, precious, sacramentalized events.

This is a quote from Douglas Rushkoff that I stated in my article ‘From Rectangles to Reality: A Primer on Virtual Reality’ about Virtual Reality (VR). It’s no longer coming. It’s here, and it’s opening the possibilities of what we can experience.

Oculus, HTC Vive, Magic Leap, Hololens. Our world is about to change but is it going to be for the good of mankind or will there be some effect on what we see as a positive experience?

In Dark Visions of Augmented Reality we look at some creative visions of what the darker side of Virtual Reality (VR) might be.

Uncanny Valley

In the slums of the future, virtual reality junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away. 3DAR’s latest short film explores the frightening potential of our next technological revolution. Behind the scenes coming soon! Stay connected, but not too much

I haven’t left this house in quite a few years


A horror short film about a man forced to confront his nightmares when trapped in a broken virtual reality machine.

Lawnmower Man

The last 10 minutes or so of the movie “The Lawnmower Man” with a brief portion of a scene from earlier in the movie to help explain the ending.

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Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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