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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?

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