Will VR Sets Be the First Way to Legalize Euthanasia?

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In a country where all we hear being shouted is “My body, my choice,” it seems odd that euthanasia is illegal. Democrats are fighting to make it possible for a woman to kill an unborn fetus growing inside of them. Yet, grown adults cannot ask a doctor to take their life.

Euthanasia is a painless way to kill a person who may be suffering from a painful or incurable disease. It allows a person to leave this earth under their terms – instead of suffering for weeks, months, or even years.

Assisted suicide is legal in a few states – but not as many as you would think considering the abortion debate.

The difference between the two is that assisted suicide involves a doctor assisting a person to take their own life, should the person request the help.
Regardless of whether a doctor helps a person to take their own life or takes it for them, a person should be able to die on their own terms. And yet, that’s not the case – at least not in the U.S.

Could that change with virtual reality (VR)? The creator of the Oculus headset has a new model that will involve a person dying in real life if they die in the game.

While most people likely wouldn’t play the game if they knew they could die in real life, it could certainly be a way for people to take their own lives – even without asking for the help of a physician.

The U.S. is going to have a big decision to make. If they allow the new VR sets to be sold, they might as well legalize euthanasia. Crime scene cleanup units all over the country may even make the demand that it be legalized. No one wants to be called to clean up brain spatter. Euthanasia is most certainly a cleaner option for anyone who no longer wants to live.

Palmer Luckey is the founder of Anduril, the company responsible for Oculus as well as a significant amount of military technology. The newest headset isn’t impressive because of the graphics. Instead, it is capable of blowing a hole through the head of the user.

It is being dubbed “NerveGear.” Considering that you have the potential to die, it would certainly take a lot of nerve to even play the game.

The new NerveGear headset is a heavily modified version of Oculus Rift. There are black goggles along with three protuberances that are found just above the eyes. These will be capable of killing the user in the event that they die in their VR game.

Luckey wrote, “The idea of tying your real life to your virtual avatar has always fascinated me. You instantly raise the states to the maximum level and force people to fundamentally rethink how they interact with the virtual world and the players inside it.”

Right now, Luckey admits that the headset is not ready to market. He has only figured out the component that kills. “The perfect-VR half of the equation is still many years out.” This means that it is just a fancy piece of art that sits in the billionaire’s office.

We should be lucky that Luckey’s headset isn’t ready for market yet. While the country is still figuring out the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, we shouldn’t throw euthanasia and suicide options into the mix right now.

Luckey does have other products that are most certainly ready for the market, though. The Anvil quadcopter drone has been purchased by the US military. Additionally, his company has quite a few contracts with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the UK Royal Marines.