“Can we use VR to train for human interactions? To teach empathy? To cure us of a variety of biases?”

A man using a headset and hand-held controllers to experience a virtual-reality simulation

The title of this post is a bit of a spoiler for the last third of the article I’m sharing from ARVR Journey. The article by Alice Bonasio“Expert View: 3 ways VR is transforming Learning & Development”, examines the Skills-Based Model of VR training, in which people can receive first-hand skills training on-demand and on-location by using virtual or augmented reality solutions. And also the Knowledge-Based Model of VR training for enhanced cognition, in which subjects like anatomy or cosmology are more easily studied by interacting with 3D models than by deciphering 2D sketches. And of course the spoiler I gave, about the potential impact of VR on perspective and bias. If you have a moment, check out the article. It includes links to some interesting research studies conducted at Stanford and in Beijing.

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VR already uses the body as natural interface, which allows us to simulate social, emotional and even near-spiritual experiences. —Alice Bonasio