NASA, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation funded much of the research and development for virtual reality projects. $80,000 was contributed by the CIA for research purpose to Sutherland.
After that in 1984, Michael McGreevy, a computer scientist started to experiment with VR technology as a path to advance human-computer interface (HCI) designs. HCI still is a domination factor in VR research. It further led to the media picking up on the idea of VR within a couple of years.
Jaron Lanier coined the term Virtual Reality in 1987. Today Virtual Reality plays a big part in the every day lives of the world’s population.