Virtual reality may pose real problems for our lonely planet


After years of hype, virtual reality has entered what research and consulting firm Gartner calls “the trough of disillusionment” because the much-touted technology hasn’t made the expected breakthrough to mass popularity envisioned by the companies that poured billions of dollars into VR research and development.

That list of companies includes Facebook. But at last week’s much-anticipated event in which founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined how Facebook will evolve in coming years, the 32-year-old multibillionaire focused instead on augmented reality — “digitally altered physical reality, all via the Facebook app on your smartphone,” as USA Today reported. Think of AR as an insanely more ambitious version of Pokemon Go — one with “Minority Report”-level saturation of one’s surroundings, at least if that’s what a user wants.