So if there ever was technology that was invented to where we can enter a Matrix-like environment and control everything...well that would be pretty freaking awesome I think. Of course I'm sure the system would be abused like Shibby said but I doubt it would come to a situation where 10% of the world will be providing for 90% of those in a VR-world. People will STOP providing for others and focus on themselves and those who choose to limit their enjoyment to the a VR-world before they provide for those who cannot control their desires for staying in the VR-world.
Evolution takes centuries, and at the rate we're developing new technology we're looking at mere decades before its available, so we cannot possibly keep up.
There is no way to determine who is fit to use it and who isn't because it's never been done before and the mental side effects will be mostly unknown.
If VR becomes publicly available I strongly believe there needs to be a built in unalterable time limit restricting how long you can use it for and also regulations on what you can use it for. That would be key to avoiding all sorts of social issues (although the regulations/time limit would probably be a social issue in itself).
Reminds me of the Red Dwarf episode 'Back to Reality'. Four years in a VR game, phew!
[Edited by Inixen, 10/23/2012 3:45:25 AM]
Unlike most shut-ins, I do force myself to go outside time to time.
I don't know how long I'd bee in VR, or AR for that matter. I do know that I think both are good for differing purposes. Both would be great.
Besides, with VR, you can do scientific experiments in amazing ways without detrimental issues. effectively obliterating red tape and moral issues, because your not harming anyone.
That said, VR may actually increase our rate of "Teching Up" so fast that 90% of the population would be mindblown.
Due to the ability to do research without having moral issues and red tape all up in your face, and your not harming or killing anyone? Oh most definitely.
But I must agree with Shibby. Already there are some people who spend a dangerously large amount of time playing video games. Something like this would wipe out those lives easily. And this is something I feel could be reasonably near in the future. It would need to have very strict time limits.