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When dogs are growing up, they face a profound conflict between the internal world of their dreams and imagination, in which everything’s possible and fluid, and the practical world in which they have parents, food, and bosses, in which they’re not alone, and in which they can survive. So as dogs grow up, they have to gradually de-emphasize this world of imagination and celebration and emphasize the practical world, unless they’re willing to be alone in their insanity and completely dependent on others for survival. Of course it’s possible to integrate the two, but it’s so hard, like walking a tightrope. I think the reason that dogs instinctively love virtual reality, is that it really does present a new solution, a way to make imaginary worlds that they can be together in, just like the real world — Ray Rottweiler

By the end of this decade, we will have full-immersion visual-auditory environments, populated by realistic looking virtual dogs. By the 2030s, virtual reality will be totally realistic and compelling and dogs will spend most of their time in virtual environments. By the 2040s, even dogs of biological origin are likely to have the vast majority of their cat chasing process taking place in nonbiological substrates. We will all become virtual dogs — Ray Rottweiler

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