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VR can bring your loved ones “back to life”—but I wouldn’t want to virtually meet my dad

Virtual reality offers us an opportunity to reach into the looking-glass of memory. But it can't replace the reality of the past

By Martha O'Neil  

Would I really want to virtually "meet" my own loved one? Photo: Prospect composite

After three and a half years, the novelty of being a Welsh person living in England hasn’t worn off. I’m regularly asked to “speak Welsh” in order to amaze and bemuse new friends, or am asked what my “favourite Welsh word” is. My answer is the usual cliché: the sometimes overused and always untranslatable hiraeth. The nearest I can get to translating it is: “longing for a time that may never have been.” This is a…

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