Very interesting implications for society at large. When this gets implemented into a holodeck architecture I wonder…. will the decreasing abilities of our youth to effectively interact with each other on a physical basis be exacerbated? What implications are there for social interaction, and our ability to interact with those cultures which are not as advanced technically? Will the increased ability to “tune in and drop out” open us up to predation by enemies who are focused on the “here and now”?
From a positive perspective, however, I can imagine that there could be meaningful improvements in the lives of those who are incapable of social interaction, either due to mental defects or loss of mobility. As one of the older members of society, I can foresee that there might be tremendous benefits for my generation as it ages.