Extracting the faintest of signals from the surrounding noise
Good point. VR and AI distance us from our direct experience, and diminish its value. Sensory-enhancing technologies would do the opposite. That's something I'd be interested in trying; VR not so much.
Why we are putting all the eggs into Metaverse and AIs instead of creating devices for the nose or brain to amplify our sense of smell? Can we do that at all?