VIRTUAL REALITY WON’T JUST AMUSE—IT WILL HEAL MILLIONS
THE PLANE ALREADY was convulsing by the time the “please fasten seatbelt” sign came on. Dark, foreboding clouds filled the sky. We must have been flying right into a storm. All I could think of was that opening scene in Lost where the plane splits in half.
We rode out the turbulence and made an uneventful landing. As the plane came to a stop on the tarmac, I pulled off my goggles, and the virtual world of the cabin disappeared. I was in a conference room in the offices of River, a startup incubator in San Francisco’s SoMa district, miles from the airport.
River was launched earlier this year by venture capital Rothenberg Ventures with the goal of advancing the state of virtual reality by providing VR startups with office space plus $100,000 in seed funding. In those offices you’ll find hardware hackers working on a new VR headsets and 3D cameras, filmmakers creating lush, interactive digital movies, and developers building the “Ticketmaster for VR events.” But most importantly, you’ll find VR designers hard at work helping people solve real-world problems today.
And not just “problems” in the sense that too many startups mean as they try to monetize a solution to a minor inconvenience. For years, virtual reality has made inroads in helping to treat serious phobias, post-traumatic stress, and burn victims’ pain. Now, as the price of VR tech plummets, this therapeutic tech is advancing—and could soon become available to many more people who need it.
More Than Entertainment
Since Facebook acquired VR company Oculus last year, we’ve heard a lot about the potential for virtual reality to transform the economy by revitalizing consumer entertainment, social media, shopping, education, and travel. We’ve speculated about what the killer app for VR might be, or whether it even needs one. Less has been said about the progress VR has already made as a tool for healing. In fields like pain management, physical rehabilitation and the treatment of anxiety disorders such as post traumatic stress, VR is coming into its own. And thanks to the recent emergence of affordable consumer VR rigs like Samsung Gear VR, patients may finally be able to take advantage of technology that’s been inaccessible to the larger public for two decades.
Read all of this HERE.
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Extreme Rain May Flood 54 Million People by 2030
Floods could affect twice as many people as currently within 15 years, according to a new tool
River flooding could affect 54 million people worldwide in 2030 as more extreme rainfall and the rapid expansion of cities double exposure to inundation, according to a new analysis. Currently, 21 million people are affected annually by floods.
The project by several research organizations in the Netherlands and the World Resources Institute developed the first public tool that shows the estimated flood risk in most countries and how it’s expected to rise over the next 25 years. The project, called the Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer, also features a global map showing the encroaching reach of rivers as temperatures rise and land is developed.
The economic impacts are growing even faster than the increase in flood victims, researchers say. And sea-level rise—which makes a further impact on many rivers near the coast—will be factored into a later study.
“We found that today, river flooding affects about $96 billion U.S. dollars in GDP each year on average,” said Tianyi Luo, a research analyst with WRI. “In 2030, that [global] number can grow to around $520 billion.”
The biggest disruptions are expected to happen in Asia, where the pace of urbanization is outrunning the effects of climate change. More people are concentrating in river cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Shanghai, China.
“Southeast Asia will see a large increase in risk, and climate change does cause a significant part of this risk increase. But really, these climate change impacts … are dwarfed by impacts of socioeconomic growth, in particular to the concentrated growth of Southeast Asia’s megacities in flood-prone areas,” said Hessel Winsemius, a researcher at Deltares, an institute that studies deltas.
More broadly, climate impacts are expected to increase people’s risk of being flooded more than socioeconomic changes. The researchers estimate that climate change could drive two-thirds of the increase in the population exposed to the peril worldwide.
India, Bangladesh and China could see the biggest risks, with about 11.5 million people altogether expected to feel the effects of flooding every year. The top 15 nations facing flood risk account for 80 percent of the world’s estimated victims in 2030. All of them are developing countries.
The tool is meant to be a resource for organizations that finance and plan adaptation efforts. It could help them determine which nations would benefit the most from things like green spaces, flood walls and resilient building.
Much more to read HERE.
My Husband Found Out Why Women Cheat … The Hard Way (Gulp)
“How could you have done this to me, to us? Who are you and who did I marry?” With tears in his eyes, my ex-husband shouted and screamed these questions at me on the day he found out that I’d had an affair. All the while, I stood there shaking, in shock, not knowing what to say that would make what I had done right.
I was a cheater.
Looking back, I realize that nothing in that moment would have given him the solace and comfort that he was looking for—or that I was looking for. His love and care for me transformed into pure disdain and hate for the monster I had become in his eyes.
The question that came up repeatedly after our marriage dissolved was: Why? Why did I cheat on him? Why would I do such a thing to a man who was caring, funny and generous? It wasn’t like he beat me up or anything like that.
If you are reading this and judging me, I understand—that’s human nature. And believe me, no one has judged me more harshly than I have (even now). Although it all turned out for the best, I wouldn’t go down that road again … although, at the same time, I now completely understand why women cheat. Unfortunately, my (ex)-husband now understands this, too.
According to the UK Adultery Survey 2012, cheating women are more likely to stray in order to seek emotional fulfillment, enhanced self-esteem and romance. When women cheat will depend on how fulfilled they feel in their marriages. But according to the survey, wives who cheat will do so five years into their marriages whereas men will do so seven years in.
After much soul-searching, I finally began to understand the factors that drove me to cheat:
- Chasing false happiness
Back then, I was still living with the illusive notion that happiness is something I could acquire from an external source, so I bought into the fantasy (one that I also see many of my clients buy into) that somewhere in the world a magical one-dimensional man exists for no other purpose than to bring ME happiness.I believed that because I wasn’t happy in my marriage with my ex-husband, that someone else could dish happiness up on a silver platter for me. Surely someone else could, right? But, of course, this is simply not true, and never will be. In fact, the whole ordeal of the affair stressed me out and exposed me to more confusion and unhappiness.Lesson learned: Being part of the cheating wives’ club, I understand now that running away from myself was not the answer and that I am responsible for my own happiness and fulfilment. My happiness is no one else’s responsibility—not my spouse’s, not some lover’s—but mine!
- Sneaking around instead of speaking up
I honestly believed that I was a bad person for no longer feeling attracted to my ex-husband. So as not to hurt him, I kept quiet as that waning desire continued to fizzle away. I just couldn’t find the words to tell him that I no longer found him sexually attractive. Instead of communicating honestly with him about my feelings, I ended up truly being a “bad person” when I cheated (while I also hoped he wouldn’t find out about either).Deep underneath this pattern of guilt-leading-to-silence was a belief that I was not worthy of someone loving me as much as my ex husband did.Lesson learned: What I now realize is that our beliefs and how we see ourselves can lead us to do some very crazy things. Belief systems are a powerful catalysts for behavior. By working on myself, I was able to finally overcome this pattern and now, find myself in a new, truly loving relationship.
- Remaining stuck in an immature mindset
I realize now that I lacked the maturity and the life skills needed to properly face the problems my ex-husband and I were experiencing at the time. We would argue, get upset and as a result, our communication would break down and, as a result, so did ourintimacy. I didn’t know how to change that dynamic or manage my thoughts about those conflicts either.Any time we argued, I honestly believed that he didn’t love me. So, I “acted out” to have my own back.Lesson learned: Keeping communication channels open is vitally important because, once by the time you sense communication shut down, intimacy has usually already slid away from you (and full connection breakdown follows quickly). Before you know it you are yearning for intimacy and connection deeply just no longer with your mate.I often hear that wives who cheat do so because of this very same communication breakdown in their existing relationship. They feel frustrated, no longer heard or misunderstood and they seek comfort, connection, and refuge in the arms of someone else.
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