How Raghuram Rajan got me thinking about my Virtual Reality #FridayReflections

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Reality and the  virtual world.


Last evening , at the launch of Dr. Harinder Kohli’s new book  ” The World in 2050” , at the Asia Society meeting,  I heard a mind blowing statement by Dr. Raghuram Rajan: economic projections 30 years ago have been proven wrong simply because no one ‘predicted’  a Virtual World. The emergence of this unimagined technology has changed the way the world does business, it has changed our reality. It has impacted societies and even created a new social order – of haves and have nots – those who have Social Media accounts and those who do not. 

This technological frontier has opened up a new Pandora’s box of paranoia and fears perception replacing the threat of  ‘real’ immigrants who can take up your jobs with ‘virtual’ robots . This got me thinking about a world that does not exist yet still exists in parallel. For instance, I have “friends” on FB and blogging networks with whom I share my deepest thoughts though they aren’t really known to me. I enjoy these interactions and feel a sense of loss as I do in the real world, when I don’t. I buy most of my groceries on line and last month actually resorted to home cooked meals delivered through an online service. 

I hardly visit libraries any more and haven’t opened an encyclopedia since Google became so easily accessible. A  lot of my learning these days is via the virtual world and most of my memories are stored in a Cloud. The Banks want me to use the ATM for cash withdrawls and taxis are willing to be paid with the swipe of a card.

Hardly anyone prints photos any more and it won’t be long before people whip out electronic albums like they do Kindles and Kobos. Streaming movies and music has changed the way we entertain ourselves and  applications like Practo keep our health in check.

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I’m linking this post to #Friday Reflections following the thoughts that flowed from the 2nd prompt….

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8 Responses

  1. Lata Sunil says:

    The world as we know today did not exist 20 years ago…even 10 years ago for that matter. I still remember when the first cellphones made their presence. And today, everyone has one and now everyone is having a smartphone too. In the IT world, we have had to relearn everything all over again till the next best thing happens. Scary, indeed.

    • Bellybytes says:

      Glad to know that you have continuing technical education. I thought it was tough for non techies like me to keep pace with technology

  2. Truly Happy says:

    You are right. The boundary between real and virtual world is fading rapidly.

    My father in law was telling me last week, he goes to his bank every so often to withdraw cash. Seemingly a very helpful lady at the counter asked him few days ago if she could arrange a ATM card for him and demonstrate how to withdraw cash and give him tips to keep the card and pin safe . FIL was thankful to her but apparently he asked her a simple question – ” what does your bank have in place to provide me the joy I get by walking to my bank and interacting with ‘real’ people I meet in the bank and during my trip to the bank?” The lady seemingly was baffled.

  3. Dashy says:

    We do live in the virtual parallel world, call it scary but we cannot simply overook the benefits of it all. This huge world is shrinked into our tiny screens, helping us to reach out anywhere and to anyone. Our lives are to be a blend of the real and the virtual world. The change is only going to accelerate, not denying that it is scary, but then change is inevitable. 🙂
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  4. Parul says:

    That’s so right. From shopping to eating, everything is now online. A good time saver but the question is also are we using it well?
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Yes . What do we do with all the “spare ” time we have ? Surf the net for more deals ? More apps?

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