In this vision of the future, everything that we currently do in the real world – going to school, going to work, socialising, leisure – is done in a vast virtual environment.
As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there's an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
Through virtual reality you can now explore a sunken ship, suspend weightless in space, or visit Angkor Wat. So why is the real experience still better?
VR is being applied to shopping, car manufacturing and exercise – but it remains a challenge to transport humans to new worlds with an acceptable sense of presence.
A new virtual reality film showing at the Australian Museum immerses viewers in remote Indigenous communities. Such films can be a path to reconciliation and understanding.
If they get the technology right, it's a win-win for big studios and audiences alike with this new improved entertainment experience.
A new app that combines virtual reality with a social chatroom could help push VR into the mainstream.
New gaming headsets promise to seamlessly integrate the digital and the physical world, but they also typically limit the vision of those digital objects to the person wearing the headset.
3D urban modelling is a transformative technology for designing cities. But incorporating new technologies into planning practice has its challenges.
Upcoming innovations suggest that 2018 might be the year when the promise of augmented reality begins to be realised.
Rollercoasters have grown higher, faster, loopier and they've even entered the virtual world. Soon you might not even need to visit a theme park to enjoy the ride.
A Native American tribe in California got a chance to reconnect with their past through virtual reality models of inaccessible, sacred sites.
Research shows that virtual reality experiences can help social disconnection and improve wellness - by inspiring awe.
Will the arrival and popularity of Oculus Go and other VR systems make us think differently about alternative realities and so-called alternative facts?
Online dating has been around for more than 20 years, but for the most part, the goal has been to eventually meet your new paramour face to face. Virtual reality could change that.
We're told VR will let distant audiences experience live shows from the comfort of their living room – but what if no one goes anymore?
From broken limbs to blood tests, hospital visits can cause unnecessary pain for children. An emergency care pediatrician offers seven easy strategies for parents to lessen this pain.
What will the future of film look like?
Bringing the past into a digital space creates so much more overt space for interpretation and different narratives.
Anxieties about hoodlums in cars was just another expression of an age-old fear of change.