Editor’s note: This was contributed by Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of HTC Vive, a leading virtual reality system.

Virtual reality (VR) has been a hot topic in the media and the tech sector for the last couple of years, but it is about to hit a new level of buzz thanks to an internationally best-selling book “Ready Player One” (RPO) by Ernest Cline.  This book is often cited by industry experts as one of the top recommendations for VR-related book lists. The story’s primary backdrop is a world where VR is intertwined into every aspect of our daily lives, what I call a “VR-First future”. RPO follows the adventures of a teenager and his friends as they overcome untold challenges on their quest to win a global online scavenger competition and its gigantic prize.

Although some would describe the world of 2044 depicted in the story as a bit bleak or dystopian, I would argue that there are numerous positive lessons we can glean from this envisioned future world that should give us hope and guidance. In fact, I have asked everyone in the China Vive team to read RPO and our HR department to give all new staff a copy of the book as there are so many relevant concepts and use cases I believe all can benefit from. Given it is a fictional story written more to entertain than educate, there are a number of technical details I may not fully agree with, so let us not take all the content too literally as some technical readers can tend to do.  On a whole, RPO is surprisingly insightful for a novel about a technology that has the potential to create a truly transformative impact on our future lives.

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