What happens to free speech when we all live in a virtual world?

Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey

When Oculus founder Palmer Luckey worries about anything, that’s where his mind goes.

Palmer Luckey thinks a lot about the future of technology, but he doesn’t worry much about it.

The Oculus founder, who is now building tech for the military, doesn’t lose sleep over the kinds of concerns that weigh on a lot of technologists, like artificial intelligence or facial recognition software.

“I’m a big optimist on technology,” Luckey said Thursday from the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon. “In science fiction, so often technology is portrayed as this doomsday technology, like one thing or another is going to crush us all. I think that the reality is actually pretty boring.

“Society is going to continue to get better, technology is going to continue to get better. [We’ll] have little stumbles along the way, but fundamentally the nature of humanity is not going to change too much,” he added. “I think we’re going to get through all this stuff.”

That’s not a huge surprise coming from Luckey, whose entire career has been on the forefront of building new technologies. He sold his virtual reality company,

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