A California-based company wants you to be able to control your virtual-reality avatar just by thinking
What if you could step into virtual reality and control your avatar just by thinking? You tell your avatar to smile by thinking it, and it does, and all the other avatars see the smile. You think of moving forward, and your avatar acquiesces. Then, you step out of the virtual world. You have just been controlling a version of yourself, which feels real and seems to have emotions and experiences of its own, using just your brain. An odd sensation surfaces, between fear and wonder, like when you just watched the first Matrix movie. You begin to think: what if this life is just a dream, a simulation being controlled by someone else’s brain?