133. Jeremy Bailenson (VR expert) – Through the Looking Glass

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Feb 3, 201849m
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133. Jeremy Bailenson (VR expert) – Through the Looking Glass
Feb 3 '1849m
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How do you know that you’re really where you are right now? I mean, where are you getting this sense of place from? A bunch of data from at least some of your five senses enters your brain where it’s cross-referenced with categories from memory. You’re making a probabilistic calculation: This sure looks, feels, and smells like my office.

Jeremy Bailenson, my guest today, has been experimenting with cutting edge virtual reality for over a decade now. His Virtual Human Interaction Lab studies the ways VR’s unique sense of presence—of putting you into a different place (and maybe time) from the one you’re in can be used for education, healing, and—yes—generally making the world a better place. His new book is called: EXPERIENCE ON DEMAND: What Virtual Reality Is, How It Works, and What It Can Do.

Surprise conversation-starter clips in this episode:

Michael Schrage on Apple, the FBI, and data privacy, Beau Lotto on technology and empathy




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