REVOLUTION Programming Update: Dr. Ray Hsu on "Virtual Reality and the Dark Side of Empathy"

REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity

Over the weeks leading up to the Alliance's 2017 annual conference, REVOLUTION: Engaging Human Creativity, we'll be sharing some of the exciting programming and engaging speakers conference attendees have to look forward to at Orpheum Annex and VSO School of Music's Pyatt Hall in Vancouver on Thursday, June 8.

Today, we spotlight Dr. Ray Hsu, who will deliver a workshop entitled "Virtual Reality and the Dark Side of Empathy." See below for more information on the workshop and Ray below, and stay tuned for more information on REVOLUTION, including registration information!



Virtual Reality has been touted as creating "the ultimate empathy machine" (Chris Milk, TED). But what exactly is so special about VR? And what is empathy, anyway? Join Dr. Ray as he leads you through a live demo in which you get to try the most advanced VR currently available.

"My body is not for trading. My struggle is not a metaphor. When you reach out to me for our stories you do it on your terms. We have been working across our differences long before you noticed us. I am not a costume. You are not an ally." -- Dr. Ray



Dr. Ray Hsu is Faculty in Residence at the Emerging Media Lab, Chair of the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Group at UBC. He is author of two award-winning books and taught for over two years in a US prison. Find him at

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