Hi Matt, thought provoking post! I’d like to take the opposite view and mention that our descendants may envy us also! For example, because of our lesser technology — my job is in tech, but I sometimes remember wistfully a time where everyone around me didn’t have a smartphone in their hands all of the time. I love seeing people reading actual books on the train, low-tech can be a better experience.
Perhaps in the future, when we have implants to digitally enhance our lives, this connection to ever present technology will be even more pronounced; and some may look back at our “barbaric” ways with jealousy.
I’d also mention aswell that loneliness may never be fully solved, VR companions or not; a person can be in a stadium full of people and still feel isolated and unconnected. Education and greater empathy could be more likely to reduce it.
One final thing — about not killing animals. Since the advent of cars, the worldwide population of horses has plummeted; if we stopped eating cows, they may go extinct as we’d have no reason to keep breeding them! Just a thought!