AR fascinates me, my imagination goes wild thinking of the potential. Charles Stross’ “copspace” in Rule 43 makes my head spin. Go AR! I’d love to be part of it. Let others do the interfaces, I’ll do the servers and databases.
VR on the other hand, I think should be as regulated as fissionable materials. We already have a generation of children who are unable to focus their attention and developers of games make no bones about creating addictive products. And this is where VR is going to start. The law doesn’t recognize the evil of addiction, for godssake cigarettes are still legal.
I foresee teenagers sitting on sidewalks wearing goggles and gloves, gesticulating at the air, their pants wet with their own urine and dying by the thousands from inattention to their health. Because no effort will be spared to make the “entertainment” as addictive as possible.
I live in Vietnam; I see 20 teenagers together at a table, and they may as well be alone.