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Red Cross uses virtual reality to recreate fear and suffering

Red Cross uses virtual reality to recreate fear and suffering by Tree Elven on 08/11/2018
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In conjunction with Google, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has put out a virtual reality (VR) movie called 'The Right Choice' "to find out if this kind of personalized interactive approach resonates with the audience and has the potential to change someone’s perception or incite behavioral change." Watch this 13-second trailer and tell us what you think. Is there a danger that this will be viewed as just another reaction-testing 'game'? The film was shot in Beirut, where there are plenty of bombed-out buildings to use, and available 'actors' from war-ravaged countries like Syria and Iraq. "We want people who aren’t familiar with urban conflict to get a sense of what it looks and feels like," says the ICRC, which will be monitoring reactions to the movie to help decide the role VR may have in their work. What's your reaction? Do you think VR has a vital role to play in helping humanity, is a dumbing-down of our faculties, or is simply technology that can go either way depending on the scenario and/or user?

Keywords: ICRC The Right Choice, VR, Daydream Impact, virtual reality empathy, Don't Panic London, technology in awareness raising

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