From Linear to Exponential Empathy | Alexandra Ivanovitch | TEDxLivermore

What if you could put on a head-set to see the world through the eyes of another?

Virtual reality is the ultimate empathic medium. Yet how do we scale the growth of empathy?

Birth, biology, education and experiences form, for each of us, a single, existential storyline that has us create very strong opinions about the world around us.

Yet the works of researchers such as Mel Slater on implicit racial bias, Jeremy Bailenson from the virtual human interaction lab at Stanford, and virtual reality films like the award-winning Clouds over Sidra by Chris Milk ( show that we can shift opinions, perceptions, and unconscious bias by ‘stepping into the shoes of another.’