Sharing a drink remotely

Here is a simple question: Will blended reality ever get to the point where it will feel good to share a drink remotely?

Or is having a beer together something that simply requires physical co-presence, on a fundamental level?

It’s a simple question, but I suspect that the answer, one way or another, may have profound consequences.

It’s a question I have been revisiting from time to time. The first time I wrote about it on this blog was back in 2013.

I’m revisiting it now because this week at the virtual SIGGRAPH conference we are offering an immersive experience called The Outpost in which everyone goes into VR and shares a drink. Of course, since it’s only 2020, you need to bring your own drink.

But maybe one day the world will evolve. On that fine day, when you enter VR, the drinks will be waiting for you. :-)

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