Shel Israel: VR/AR Go Where Humans Were Always Destined to Go

VR has roots in thousands of years of technology, says author and visionary Shel Israel, some we don't always recognize. He broke it down on our podcast: Everything VR & AR

Beyond recent technologies germinating VR/AR, it goes back to Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, early-20th century Czech literature, and even ancient Greek philosophy.

"It was seen in science fiction but a lot of this goes back over a thousand years," says Israel. "We are going where humans were always destined to go, but we just didn't know it."

The historical angle reflects what we discussed with Israel at the VRARA SF chapter launch. Meanwhile, innovation cycles are accelerating and the digital divide is widening.

Today, millennials are advantaged while older generations that adopt VR/AR will be be part of a personally-empowered future. But due to fear, habit or ideology, many will not he asserts. 

Israel continued the discussion on these and many other VR/AR-related topics in the podcast. Stream it out here or subscribe on iTunes. 


Mike Boland

Michael Boland is Chief Analyst and VP of Content for BIA/Kelsey, covering online and mobile media. Mike is a frequent speaker at top industry conferences such as BIA/Kelsey events, Search Engine Strategies, ad:tech, and WHERE 2.0. He has authored in-depth reports on the changing local media landscape including online video, social networking and mobile. He contributes regularly to highly read online news sources such as Business Insider and the Huffington Post. A trusted source for reporters covering the interactive media space, his comments have appeared in major news and trade media, including the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Forbes. Previously he was a San Francisco-based freelance writer for business and technology magazines, such as Red Herring, Business 2.0, and Mobile Magazine. Mike began his career in business analysis and journalism as a staff reporter for Forbes magazine, where he covered tech & media.