I was going to post this in the weather service thread, as it seemed to be turning into a discussion about the fate of the world. But I figured I'd not totally derail that thread and start a new one instead. Silicon Valley will destroy the world, but give you a new shiny virtual world to escape to....for a price: https://www.wired.com/story/billionaires-use-vr-avoid-social-change/ Huge Elysium and Ready Player One vibes. Personally, I'm looking forward to a robust VR world to escape to in my dying days...beats watching reruns of Bonanza, which seemed to be how my wife's grandmother spent her final years. But, being somewhat of a Luddite at heart, and having no faith in any CEOs in the tech world (or any world!), I just view the development of VR as being an even stronger opiate for the masses than any of the previous ones (TV > internet > social media). Years (decades?) ago I heard about people working on Internet 2.0. Whatever happened to that? I think the only hope for humanity is tied up in those ideas - building a new internet that is less susceptible to commercialization/commodification. Wikipedia, Github (?), heck maybe even bitcoin/blockchain and Reddit. I'm not at all tech savvy, but those are the things that seem to be created by users for users. I hope that any sort of tech world is based on those ideals, rather than built by Fuckerberg/Newell/Carmack.