Technological change is descending rapidly upon both the Australian population and the world as a whole, and this is only set to be accelerated by advanced technologies such as virtual reality (VR).

A new study from Intel Security found 50 per cent of Australians were comfortable with these changes, while 17 per cent were concerned. It’s going to be necessary to adapt shortly, however, as these technologies are showing no sign of slowing down development.

Changing technologies such as VR will soon be upon us, forever changing many aspects of our lives.

According to the study, 46 per cent of Australians would be interested in using VR to work from home – a massive shift from the traditional workplace, but not so far removed from current telecommuting.

Workers are currently able to operate remotely, as many businesses have moved workflow systems to cloud based alternatives. There, businesses can access the same programs and files from home to conduct their work.

Communication is held via video conferencing, and free voice over internet. Placing on a VR headset to be digitally present in the workplace isn’t such a big step forward insofar as employees having to alter how they work.

This change is already underway in a number of industries, using virtual presence technologies to create more streamlined workflow, and greater safety in the office.

Mining is a prime example of how VR technologies are set to change working in dangerous environments, as employees can stay above ground and control machinery remotely. Waste management, electrical work and even investigations in hazardous areas such as fallout zones will be possible with VR technologies.

“It is not just knowledge work that is being performed remotely; we are seeing everything from surgery to mining machinery operation being routinely completed by people far away,” the paper explained.

“This will create both challenges and opportunities for Australians.”

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