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UNVR Makes Good on VR’s Calling as the “Ultimate Empathy Machine”

Chris Milk famously called virtual reality the “ultimate empathy machine” and for the past year, the United Nations has been making good on that promise with the release of several projects through their UNVR app (and often in collaboration with Milk’s VR production company, Here Be Dragons).

“Virtual reality is the ability to really take part in a story that usually you’re only a passive spectator on. And it’s giving you the possibility to walk in another person’s shoes,” said Gabo Arora, founder of the UNVR lab.

Here are some of our stories on Arora and the UN’s groundbreaking VR work:

Latest UNVR Project Shows the Aftermath of Natural Disasters After It’s Moved Out of News Cycle, December 20, 2016

UNVR Releases a Window Into the Devastation of Nepal’s 2015 Earthquake, December 16, 2016

The UN Launches UNVR Program, September 21, 2016

UN Launches Sidra Project VR Initiative at Toronto International Film Festival, September 15, 2016

VR for Global Awareness: Immersive Videos from the United Nations, June 8, 2016

VR Film ‘My Mother’s Wing’ Seeks to Disrupt Cycles of Violence, March 3, 2016

Can VR Be a Tool for Peace-Building in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?, March 2, 2016

UN Virtual Reality Film Goes Inside Syrian Refugee Camp, January 26, 2015