virtual reality

Facebook acquired Oculus Rift because Mark Zuckerberg believes it can be the next communication platform after mobile.

Strategically we want to start building the next major computing platform that will come after mobile… There are not many things that are candidates to be the next major computing platform. [This acquisition is a] long-term bet on the future of computing.
— Mark Zuckerberg

I buy into the vision of virtual and augmented reality. I agree that Oculus Rift, or something like it, will eventually one day after much trial and error become a new communication medium.

But let’s not kid ourselves. That vision hasn’t yet been realized — Oculus Rift is still closer to a niche hobbyist proof of concept than the next iPhone.

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