Ready Player One is a movie about an alternative future on Earth where poverty has made real life so mundane that many youth prefer to live in virtual reality where life is fun and exciting, and a poor boy can be a rich and respected man. I won’t be explaining the movie any further as this post will be for people who already watched it. So if you haven’t seen it yet go do so and then come back. 🙂
Wen I first watched the movie a few years ago I thought it was a simple sci-fi but now after seeing games like Age of Rust powered by Enjin Coin and seeing how VR worlds are speedily becoming more and more popular, I think I was wrong. Perhaps the makers of Player Ready One were onto something, perhaps warning of us what the future very well could be like if current trends continue.
The reason why projects like Enjin Coin are changing everything is because on their website they literally say that their vision is to create a Ready Player One-like VR gaming experience for its users. If you don’t believe me go look up Age of Rust where video game skins and upgrades have real life value thanks to the power and technology of NFTs (Non-fungible tokens).
So with all this in mind I think absolutely the future could very well behold something similar to Ready Player One. On my last post I reviewed a COVID 19 satire book and I wish I had added how automation in that book was played with by the theme of magic because automation could be a big factor in how many people live in VR worlds in the future. I was talking to my new friend at the Medieverse about this and he was talking about how he thinks there will be a universal income paid in cryptocurrency in the future if automation continues to replace jobs. Soon people working in retail will be unnecessary, and all these people will be living in VR worlds while cryptocurrency is being mined and stored with green energy in satellites floating around in space.
Hearing him speak about this over email really blew my mind because I agree and think he’s right. What do you think?