In the latest episode of Codepunk, Michael and I talk about whether or not you can have meaningful relationships with people you've only met online. What is the difference between friends you've met physically in the real world, and those that you have only met online. Does the dynamic of the Internet make a sizeable difference in meaning and context?

Virtual relationships today even have the added layer of crossing over into the real world, with partnerships, friendships, and business associations starting out in the context of a remote connection. Moving forward, how will advancing technology and augmented and virtual reality environments stretch the meaning of what is "real," and where do we place the true value of a relationship in a digital first culture.

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