[Humanist] 31.445 VR and its discontents

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Nov 29 05:24:46 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 445.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:22:46 +0100
        From: Marinella Testori <testorimarinella at gmail.com>
        Subject: Plato and Virtual Reality

Dear Willard,

I would bring to your attention the following article by Mark Riboldi about
'The Promise and Disappointment of Virtual Reality':

There is a passage which has touched me: 'It is possible that VR does have
the ability to change our perception of the world around us [...]. But
Plato's Cave presupposes that those freeing the prisoner from their chains
to reveal the true nature of 'reality' are altruistic in their intent'.

The author speaks of a 'trap' in which VR has led us, the 'trap' - if I
have interpreted well what he says - of looking for a 'transformative'
experience of the reality, from one side, and realizing that 'the
technology is simply not good enough yet to simulate a truly authentic -
and profitable- experience', from the other.

I hope the article may be of your and other readers' interest.

Thank you for your attention,
many regards.


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