Can virtual reality be the thing that takes down Trump?

Steven Loeb · March 15, 2016 · Short URL:

3D technologu is already being used to make anti-Trump art, including political ads against him

There are so many uses for virtual reality. It can be used to make us feel like we are visiting with people who are far away, or places we'd never get to visit. It can be used to connect people in a way that has never been done before. It can make education more widespread, and it can give us a map of the human body to help cure disease The possibilities are endless. 

It can also be used in less appealing ways. Like pretending to go inside the mind of Donald Trump! Yeah... that's a place I'd really rather stay out of, thank you very much.

What I mean is, virtual reality is a powerful medium, and it can be used not just to entertain, but to try to inform. That can include advertisements, and, of course, political ads.

One artist on Tilt Brush, a tool for creating virtual reality art, has decided to use the platform to create a political cartoon, one that features a pretty scathing takedown of America's least sane and stable political candidate (and that's really saying something, isn't it?)

Tipatat Chennavasin, General partner at The Venture Reality Fund, made a video Donald Trump in 3D, with John Oliver's epic takedown of the candidate playing in the background. The video then zooms into Trump's eye, and who should appear inside his head but the man who many have been comparing him to recently: Adolph Hitler. Subtle this is not. 

Comparing Trump to Hitler may seem like low-hanging fruit, and it kind of is. I bet ever since Hitler became Hitler that somebody, somewhere, was erroneously being compared to him. This time, though, the comparison seems to be pretty apt. From Trump's degradation of entire ethnic groups, not to mention entire religions, to his loyal followers who engage in violence (egged on by the candidate himself) against anyone they perceive as other, it all smacks of facism. Would it really surprise anyone if they all started showing up in uniforms next?

Trump is dangerous, to put it mildly, and that's what makes art like this so powerful. The fact that it was done in virtual reality shows the evolution of that technology, and how it is already beginning to be used in new and interesting ways.

Augmented and virtual reality are already starting to break out in a big way. The combined spaces had never raised over $1 billion in a given year before, until they raised that much in the first two months of 2016 alone. 

In all of 2015, AR and VR startups raised $658 million. And in 2014, $771 million was raised, though $542 million, or 82 percent of the investments made, went into Magic Leap. 

In like vein, 2016 numbers are a bit skewed as well, with 72 percent of the amount raised, or a whopping $793.5 million raised, was due to Magic Leap, again. 

Still, that leaves another $300 million or so that was invested in other companies, and even excluding Magic Leap, investments are up 20 percent from the same quarter last year, when $250 million was invested.

The two spaces, together, are expected to be worth $150 million by 2020, up from what looks to be around $5 billion this year.

Shoutout to Polygon for finding this video

VatorNews has reached out to Chennavasin to discuss his video. We will update this story if we learn more. 

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