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The basic point I want to make here is that virtual reality removes the correlation between spatial organization and governmental organization. This means that, in a "virtual society," like-minded people will be able to band together under their own local government, their own specialized society. The degree of variety among the world's various social organizations will therefore markedly increase. And therefore the world will become a more effective learning system. Given more variety, it will be more likely to hit upon interesting and productive social structures. The omnipresence of VR technology will, I believe, mark a "phase transition" in the development of the social order. Within a few centuries of the introduction of VR, we should expect to see social changes at least as profound as the movement from tribalism to feudalism to modern technological society.  – Ben Goertzel