Verge Fiction: The Empathy Machine

The PathoGlyph Wavelength produces something White calls “empathic immersion,” the emotional version of a simulated virtual landscape. If virtual reality hijacks our eyes to show us the world through someone else’s, the Wavelength hijacks the whole nervous system. In other words, it actually controls how you respond to what you see, hear, and touch.

“Empathy is literally hard-coded into our DNA,” says White as I brush my hair out of the way of the electrodes. “We’ve never been content with living one life, because we either want to share ours, or feel somebody else’s.

By Adi Robertson