Last April, I co-organised the workshop “The role of the body in virtual reality” at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Two of the talks given were, I think, of particular interest for raising philosophical questions on body and beauty in relation to technology. Stephen Gadsby (Macquarie University) spoke about “Disorders, body representations and virtual reality” […]
Virtual reality seems to share some qualities with the mythical Phoenix. Every few years it is hyped up enormously, only to die fairly quickly again. Every decade or so, the cycle reboots and the hype rises from its ashes. The most recent examples are the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive and they might actually break this cycle. What is so special about these latest VR-incarnations? And how can we, in the words of philosopher David Chalmers , use them to address Big Questions in philosophy?