28 Jan '15, 9pm

What if virtual reality is our best chance to save the planet?

What if virtual reality is our best chance to save the planet?

This weekend, I found myself deeply depressed after attending the Sundance premiere of Racing Extinction , Louis Psihoyos’ newest documentary about the human-made mass extinction that is currently threatening the planet — but not for the obvious reasons. A lot of the material is not news for the average follower of environmental affairs: An unprecedented spike in carbon dioxide , an acidifying ocean that’s slowly ending aquatic life as we know it , and rapidly disappearing species all over the globe. Sad, but pretty much par for the course. What really got me was, instead, found inside of a cardboard box a few hours after the film’s conclusion. Racing Extinction starts out with Psihoyos explaining that “there’s more than just human perception.” That includes a whole spectrum of sounds and sights that you, the ostensibly normal person, have probably spent a cumulative 45 se...

Full article: http://grist.org/living/what-if-virtual-reality-is-our-be...

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