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Fordyce, Alie, Hoffman, Anna, Inofuentes, Shana, Qasim, Sacha and Sahu, Aditi (2020) Georgetown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 Symposium., 9-17 Oct 2020, Ahmedabad, India.

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Abstract

New technologies seemingly integrate at ever-increasing rates into consumers’ lives and minds. Virtual reality (VR) exemplifies this phenomenon by provoking psychological presence, a “sensation of ‘being there’” (Bailenson) that marks the threshold between any other fabricated experience, such as watching a video, and full immersion into a virtual world. Curious about the power of such technologies and how we may harness them to help make the world a better place, we explored commercial VR as a tool to produce pro-environmental behavior that combats climate change.

We conducted our analysis by mapping out the following three aspects of commercial VR: 1) its hard and software architecture; 2) a core algorithm that would produce user belief in acting on climate change; and 3) the broader world within which commercial VR and human-induced climate change operate, including the various forces driving and impacting them. In our study of this final systems map, we found that social influence could enable a feedback loop that activated commercial VR as a continuously more powerful agent to fight the causes of climate change.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Other)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 19:18
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 19:30
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3810

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