This is the fifth in a series of articles by New York magazine writers and editors on the subject of virtual reality and its potential for creating a new type of social interaction.
The first two featured an interview with the founder of virtual-reality startup The Virtual Gisha, who describes his company as a social media company.
The third featured an in-depth look at the problems of real estate for virtual-roofed houses.
And the fourth featured an exclusive interview with virtual-geisha Victoria Vlachos, the virtual-tourism company that is building the first fully-virtual hotel in India.
“Virtual reality has the potential to change our social interactions,” Victoria Vlassos told New York.
“It’s about getting our world into a new place where people can see things that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.
And then they’re able to interact with people from all walks of life.”
The Virtual Gondaic says it’s not trying to disrupt traditional tourism.
But the company, which has been building virtual-world tour experiences since 2012, is a social-media company.
“When you start creating a social experience, you can’t afford to be completely anonymous,” Vlassozos said.
“So the only way to really make it a social interaction is to have a way to interact online.”
For Victoria Vlas, The Virtual Geoisha is an important step in this new, digital-age era of social-networking.
Victoria, a real estate agent and self-proclaimed “geisha of virtual worlds,” says the experience is unique because it’s a virtual-real estate company, rather than just a traditional tourist attraction.
“This is a real place,” she said.
Victoria Vlas: Virtual Geishas are a new way of being in a virtual world, a new kind of social experience.
For Victoria, the Virtual Geoishas new-fangled approach is about the ability to connect with people in ways that traditional social gatherings and events can’t.
“You don’t have a good social experience when you’re in a social gathering and you have people you’re hanging out with and talking to,” she explained.
“You’re just hanging out.
And when you walk into a virtual space, you don’t know who you’re talking to.
And that’s what this is all about.”
The Real-Life Geisha, Victoria Vls, has been working on The Virtual Space for the past six months.
The first virtual space was in San Francisco, but she says that’s because the real-life experience is a bit more complex.
“The real world has all these rules that you’re supposed to abide by,” she explains.
“And in this virtual space you don [only] have the rules of the real world.”
The first Virtual Space, The Real-Real World, opened on Oct. 10, 2017.
Victoria Vla is a virtual geishas first and foremost.
“Virtual reality is really exciting for the people that are creating it,” she says.
“For me personally, it’s like I’m coming out of the womb, so I’m kind of in the moment.”
Vladimir Vlas is a member of the virtual geistas social team.
“If I’m not at work, I’m at home, so when I go to a virtual place I’m in a state of virtual, I can’t really be in a real space.”
Vlas says that when he goes to a new virtual space he “can’t be alone,” because “it’s a social space.”
Victoria Vlaches company is also using the virtual space as a platform to expand its offerings.
The company is working with Airbnb to create an online rental marketplace for geisha rentals.
And Victoria says she has found it “quite easy to find a hotel that matches my personality.”
The real-world Geisha is not alone.
“A lot of people, when they come out of VR, they are like, ‘Oh my god, what am I going to do?’,” Victoria said.
She adds that this can be a frustrating time for people who don’t understand what virtual space is.
“If you’re not a VR user, it doesn’t really work for you,” she noted.
“But the other thing is, the real estate world, it can be quite different from the virtual world.”
Victoria and her partner, a licensed real-estate agent, are now expanding the company’s offerings to include rentals of virtual rooms in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“We’ve seen a lot of Airbnb rentals in San Jose,” she continued.
“I think the other way around is, people who are in the real space can’t do that, but if you’re a VR person, it works.”
The San Francisco Virtual Space opened on October 10, 2018.
Victoria has been living in the Virtual Space since December.
She says she’s enjoyed