VR’s power for good

Can VR Really Make You More Empathetic?

The year is 1994, and the bleeding edge of virtual reality is Dactyl Nightmare: an arcade game where you run from swooping pterodactyls. Jeremy Bailenson, a college student then, got his first taste of VR playing it at an arcade in San Francisco. “The technology was of course horrific back then,” he says. But virtual reality isn’t just about video games anymore. Artists, activists, and journalists now see the technology’s potential to be an empathy engine, one that can shine spotlights on everything from the Ebola epidemic to what it’s like to live in Gaza. ….[READ]