Porn 2.0 was big when the idea first came out. The idea of user generated content caught on like nothing else, similar to what happened with Web 2.0. Back then, porn was only static, controlled by the industry itself and there was almost no true amateur porn. It wasn’t until social media and online video platforms came out that everyone realised that they could be performers as well, they could have followers and fans. But now, after a decade or so of Porn 2.0 becoming mainstream, Porn 3.0 is looming on the horizon, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the next generation of porn!
Porn 2.0 – What was it?
Porn now pretty much adopted the exact set of features that Web 2.0 was proposed with. While not a technical upgrade peruse, it was simply a term given to the shift from static websites to user generated content, interoperability and increased ease of use. Porn 2.0 was in fact a subset, influenced by the changing mindsets around the internet and what it’s capable of. The whole idea of Web 2.0 has become so embedded in daily life that not all of us actually remember what the internet, and by extension, online porn was like before this time. Some of the features or services that came up were:
Photo Hosting and Communities
Sites like Flickr, Imgur, Picasa and more allowed users to share photographs of pretty much anything they took over the internet, and allowed not only amateur photographers and designers to flourish, but also amateur couples to share their bedroom experiences.
Networks like Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter caused an explosion of sharing all over the world, both of adult and non-adult content. This allowed users to create online personas for all to see, and also connected them to the other content they uploaded, either as photos or videos. They also allowed users to create niche communities or sections that catered to a very specific set of people.
The buzzword these days was introduced around the time Web 2.0 came out. Along with giving writers, poets and more the opportunity to express themselves, erotica writers and sex blogs came into existence.
Video Communities and Platforms
YouTube, Vimeo, Metacafe and more were websites that truly connected the world together. You could now see the work of a filmmaker from across the world and watch content from just about any place on the globe, it was the dawn of a new era indeed. So many stars got noticed from sites like YouTube and are now part of the mainstream music and film industry, and this is also exactly what the porn industry did. All the sites we regularly browse today, like YouPorn, PornHub, Xvideos and more came out only because of the advent of video communities and platforms. We pretty much owe the ease of accessible free porn today to Web 2.0’s innovations.
Porn 3.0 – Looking Ahead
So what’s next for the world of porn? The last generation was mostly about getting people into the limelight and giving them the power to express themselves, what is this generation going to be all about? We’ve got an inkling of what it could be, and boy does it look awesome. Unlike last generation’s user focus, the next generation of porn is all about an experience. The idea is to really make you part of the film, and not remain a viewer. Here’s some of the trends and features emerging that will be a big part of porn in the future.
We’ve always dreamed of faraway worlds, space exploration and whatnot. While we may not get to visit them in person anytime soon, there’s nothing stopping designers from creating video games and movies that take you there. But we’re still just staring at a screen. What if you could be IN it? What if you’re not restricted by field of view and could look where you want, go where you want and see things as if they were in front of you? That’s what virtual reality is bringing in.
It has obvious usage in porn as well, no more pseudo being-there experiences like POV porn, you could be the performer or be a spectator watching the action in any way you like. You could be in a scene with your favourite porn star. It’s not just a fantasy, there actually is VR porn available, and with the Oculus Rift VR headset coming out soon for 600$, it’s not going to be much longer for the next iterations to get more affordable.
Being in the experience is one thing, but actually touching and feeling something is another. Sure, you have Flesh lights and they’re pretty cool by themselves, but in a VR experience, that Flesh light could enhance the experience even further. All of these working in tandem will make the next generation of porn even more awesome!
Now this might sound something straight out of Star Trek, but there are technologies being developed that would allow users to completely ditch traditional input devices like mice, keyboard, controllers and more. You could just control anything by thinking about it, and as part of virtual reality, you could create worlds and experiences unique to yourself.
Cam models today are just visible on screen and there’s no other interaction apart from what you’d usually get from a video chat, but in the future, combined with connected peripherals, cam girls could probably help you masturbate by controlling devices from anywhere in the world. Enhanced pleasure? Yes please!
Artificial Intelligence and Robots
Now the closest you can get to a companion is a sex doll, which frankly, isn’t anything worth writing about. But with increasing artificial intelligence and more realistic robots, there might be a time when you can actually have a companion for those times alone which actually looks and acts like your favourite pornstar. It may be a while for this to come true, but we’ll be damned if people aren’t working on it already!