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Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity. He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations. He has a combined following of 4 million people across his social media channels and newsletters and was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world.

Bernard’s latest books are ‘Future Skills’, ‘The Future Internet’, ‘Business Trends in Practice’ and ‘Generative AI in Practice’.

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Bernard Marr ist ein weltbekannter Futurist, Influencer und Vordenker in den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Technologie mit einer Leidenschaft für den Einsatz von Technologie zum Wohle der Menschheit. Er ist Bestsellerautor von 20 Büchern, schreibt eine regelmäßige Kolumne für Forbes und berät und coacht viele der weltweit bekanntesten Organisationen. Er hat über 2 Millionen Social-Media-Follower, 1 Million Newsletter-Abonnenten und wurde von LinkedIn als einer der Top-5-Business-Influencer der Welt und von Xing als Top Mind 2021 ausgezeichnet.

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Dating And Sex In The Future Internet

5 July 2023

With virtual environments becoming more prevalent every day, it’s no surprise that dating, sex, and relationships are evolving so we can connect using the latest technology.

Let’s take a closer look at the way people will be using the future internet to date and have virtual sex, and how virtual reality in the dating sphere raises moral and legal questions about acceptable online behavior.

Dating And Sex In The Future Internet | Bernard Marr

Dating in Virtual Reality

What if you could go on a first date in virtual reality? How about mini-golfing on the moon, or taking a virtual trip to the Louvre in Paris?

Using virtual reality platforms to date is a great way for people to share immersive experiences, even if they’re on opposite sides of the world.

On the dating app Planet Theta, which will be launching in early 2023, people can meet others and date in beautiful virtual spaces like an open-world enchanted forest, or go out to dance clubs or bars with friends. Other VR dating services include Flirtual and Nevermet.

In the virtual reality dating scene, your avatar can be anything that reflects your personality and interests — including animals, pop culture icons, or robots. The possibilities are limitless, and VR dating is a safe and fun way for people to experiment with their sexuality or gender identity.

A report from Imperial College Business School and eHarmony predicted that we’ll be able to go on full-sensory virtual dates by the year 2040.

Navigating Virtual Sex in the Future Internet

The metaverse — a new, experiential, immersive internet where we’ll use avatars to work, learn, and play across persistent environments — also offers people a way to explore sexuality safely.

Sex in the metaverse could mean things like:

●    Augmenting “real world” sex

●    Having sex in the metaverse with a virtual partner

●    Watching immersive porn in virtual reality

●    Using haptic suits and real-world sex toys that work with VR

It’s possible that interacting with a romantic partner in the metaverse could feel even more intimate than real-world interactions.

Bryony Cole, founder of Future of Sex, says, “Virtual worlds lean heavily on emotional and intellectual intimacy in place of physically being present with one another in the same space.”

Additionally, the metaverse can make relationships more accessible to everyone.

“Some people simply don’t have access to romantic relationships, whether it’s social anxiety, introversion, mobility issues, etc.,” says Ela Darling, VR porn entrepreneur and marketing director at VIRO Playspace. “They will be able to meet and interact with people in the metaverse from the safety and comfort of their home.”

Legal and Ethical Considerations of Dating and Sex in the Future Internet

Theoretically, VR and metaverse technologies let people live out all their sexual fantasies, but there are legal issues to iron out so we can make virtual environments safe for everyone.

For instance, I believe that if something isn’t allowed in the real world — like touching someone without their consent — it shouldn’t be legal in the metaverse, either. There have already been reports of sexual harassment and inappropriate virtual touching in Meta’s VR platform, Horizon Worlds.

Regulations and laws — whether that oversight comes from the government or tech companies themselves — need to catch up quickly as virtual dating and connection become more common.

Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr
Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr

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Bernard Marr is a world-renowned futurist, influencer and thought leader in the fields of business and technology, with a passion for using technology for the good of humanity.

He is a best-selling author of over 20 books, writes a regular column for Forbes and advises and coaches many of the world’s best-known organisations.

He has a combined following of 4 million people across his social media channels and newsletters and was ranked by LinkedIn as one of the top 5 business influencers in the world.

Bernard’s latest book is ‘Generative AI in Practice’.

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