Physical bodies perceive the senses that are input from the VR machine. Brains in a Vat experiment? question of representation and whether we need embedded systems
More on this from Anthony Tan in their piece Life in the Metaverse.
# Expression of Self
LGBT community – exploring gender identity. Super easy to express this online, and flexibility to do this more safely in an online space.
When form is fluid, stereotypes, beauty, body standards, and gender norms become less restrictive. It’s harder to judge people’s appearances when you can choose exactly how you look.
# Reality privilege
We can explore things and get fully immersed in a virtual world safely
Is the concept of utopia only a reality for those who can afford to not worry about physiological health? Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
# Proteus Effect
The Proteus effect describes a phenomenon in which the behavior of an individual, within virtual worlds, is changed by the characteristics of their avatar.