Empathy for the others

Auschwitz, sex assault and police shootings — where virtual reality is going next

The fundraiser invitation promised a night of “Cocktails and Virtual Reality.” More than 40 people crowded into a Washington rowhouse, sipping mixed drinks in Mason jars before settling into folding chairs and adjusting the focus on their Oculus Rift goggles. For eight minutes, they traversed through a squalid camp that sprawled out in every direction. It has become home to about 120,000 Rohingya Muslims in Burma who fled violence from Buddhist mobs four years ago. Flora Lerenman, an elementary school teacher, said she had read articles about the plight of the Rohingya, but after watching the film she felt much closer to their struggle. ….[READ]