Big Picture Science – We Are VR

by Gary Niederhoff on February 25, 2019

Big Picture Science – We Are VR

Will virtual reality make you a better person? It’s been touted as the “ultimate empathy machine,” and one that will connect people who are otherwise emotionally and physically isolated. The promise of the technology has come a long way since BiPiSci last took a VR tour. Find out why researchers say virtual reality is no longer an exclusive club for gamers, but a powerful tool to build community.

Seth puts on a VR headset for an immersive experience of a man who’s evicted from his apartment. Find out why researchers say the experience creates empathy and sparks activism to address homelessness.

Also, why our spouses will love our avatars as much as they do us, the dark side of VR as a space for unchecked harassment, and consider: what if you’re already living a simulation created by your brain?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Peter Rubin / Real World VR
Part 2: Jeremy Bailenson / VR Content
Part 3: Sherry Turkle / Virtual Life
Part 4: Carolina Cruz-Neira / Virtually Immersive
Part 5: Thomas Metzinger / Reality is Virtual

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