Researchers Attempt to Increase Empathy with Virtual Reality Mediated Gender Swaps [NSFW]

Researchers are conducting experiments combining 3D virtual imagery and neuroscience to allow members of one gender to experience life as another gender. Called “The Machine to Be Another,” the experiment involves two members of the opposite sex standing back to back with each other while simultaneously fitted with Oculus headsets. They will then move in sync so that those being experimented on can experience the others movement in 3D. The final result allows both parties to participate as if they were members of the opposite sex. The end goal is increasing empathy.

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"More than individuals, we are part of a social collective called humanity. As members of this collective, the perception of our own identity is based on our relation with other people and our social environment: how people see us, how we do act and interact with them, and what self image we project to this society and to ourselves. As part of this collective society, it is clear the importance of understanding the ‘Other’ and ‘Each Other’ to better understand ourselves. This artistic investigation plans to use the recent neuroscience approach of ‘embodiment’ and apply it to investigate the perception and comprehension about the Self based on the comprehension of the 'Other'."

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