The 1992 film Lawnmower Man generated
a lot of buzz at the time of its release. As
a film about virtual reality ( VR ), you
might think that it was the vivid
representation of this startling new
technology that grabbed people’s
attention.
In fact, it was the virtual sex scene that
made headlines. But while virtual reality
sex was largely a fantasy back in the
1990s, it’s becoming a reality today, and
it has a potentially fertile future.
Point Of View
Oscar Wilde is often quoted as having
said “Everything in the world is about sex
except sex. Sex is about power.”
There’s truth in this because sex has a
strong presence across many aspects of
our lives. So it’s little surprise that it
features in our virtual lives as well.
Some might even say that the joining of
VR and sex is a dream come true; you
can do almost anything you can imagine
without ever leaving your living room. To
paraphrase Oscar Wilde: you have the
power.
As such, it is no surprise that the
pornography industry is eager to embrace
virtual reality.
According to Fortune Magazine, popular
porn website Pornhub gets around 60
million visitors per day. Perhaps
unsurprisingly, it is investing heavily in
VR.
It already features a slew of immersive
videos that require Google Cardboard or
Oculus Rift .
The videos are pre-recorded, as with
conventional porn, but they are shot with
a 180- or 360-degree camera. Using a
VR headset, the viewer is then immersed
in the scene, often with a central point of
view.
Spectator porn is also transitioning to
include an interactive element. This is
where, instead of a static camera, the
viewer will have something like a virtual
camera that brings things right into the
room in real time.
Teledildonics
Another growing area is in simulation sex
and dating sites.
In these, you can choose to be
represented by any number of avatars:
male, female, human and nonhuman. You
can then interact with other avatars, and
engage in a wide range of sexual
activities at the click of a mouse button.
This type of site is likely to appeal to those
who seek anonymous no strings attached
casual sex. Or those who enjoy situating
their fantasy within a genuinely fantastic
world .
And for those wanting virtual interactive
sex with their current partner, the industry
is also aiming to satisfy. There is a
plethora of interactive sex toys , for both
men and women, which simply plug into
the USB port of your computer.
These devices can be controlled by you or
your partner, enabling you to enjoy a level
of intimacy irrespective of physical
location. I imagine this will particularly
appeal to couples separated by
continents.
Obviously, the porn industry will also
capitalise on these sensory devices.
Polyester Girl
One can even combine the virtual with the
physical and invest in a robotic sex doll.
These are a far cry from the caricature
blow-up dolls much loved by stag and
hen parties. Nowadays, you can obtain a
full synthetic lifelike model with all the
appropriate equipment. Some also
include animatronic articulation.
In time, it may be possible for the actions
of these robots to be remotely controlled,
thus adding another dimension to virtual
sex.
Some may see the development of VR sex
diminishing human relations. But there
may be advantages to virtual intimacy.
For those who are disadvantaged in some
way and can’t even leave the house, for
instance, or who find it hard to relate to
other people intimately, this could be a
boon .
This may be particularly important given
the skewed gender ratios in some
countries, which may leave millions of
men unable to find a (human) mate.
Or you could think of VR simply adding a
new immersive element to existing virtual
text, phone, and webcam sex, all of which
are nothing

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