Is Your Online Avatar the Real You?

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Is Your Online Avatar the Real You?
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Date April 20, 2020
Duration 23:06
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Is Your Online Avatar the Real You? is the eight episode of The Virtual Reality Show. It is a discution episode with Joakim Vindenes, creator of Matrise Blog and AltVR as well as a PhD candidate in Virtual Reality. Like all episodes, it was filmed inside VRChat.


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Welcome to episode 8 of TVRS! This week, I had an interesting discussion about identity with Joakim Vindenes, creator of Matrise Blog and AltVR as well as a PhD candidate in Virtual Reality. This was a super interesting discussion that is sure to make you think a little deeper about the potentials of VR and what that means for how we perceive reality.

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PHIA: Hello and welcome back to, The Virtual Reality Show, where we talk about any and all things related to virtual reality inside...virtual reality! I’m your host PHIA and today we have a special guest Joakim and, Joakim you actually do a bunch of VR related stuff so why don't you go ahead and introduce yourself and umm talk about kind of your interest in VR. Joakim: Yeah sure ummm so I run a philosophical blog which sort of sprang out from my research because I'm doing a PhD in virtual reality and I was also interested in sort of the philosophical aspects of this medium so I've been writing philosophy on virtual reality for the last couple of years and now I'm also doing some of this on YouTube at a channel called AltVR where I'm showing some videos of alternative uses of VR applications, yeah so that's a short summary. PHIA: Well wonderful cuz um obviously I'm very big into VR too, so it's really cool to be talking to someone who's also interested in this philosophy is umm that's actually one of the major reasons that I like umm wanted to make this show is because I'm so interested in all the philosophies behind it and I found myself reading lots of books and stuff, so umm I am a little curious just for my personal reasons with the the PhD in VR, I did not know that was like an option of something that umm somebody could study, so cam you tell me a little bit more about like exactly what you do for that? Joakim: Yeah sure so it's within information science so basically how we can use information and, how computers and information are shaping human lives, how we can use it for good and that kind of stuff so for my research in particular, I am researching how we can use virtual reality to create memory palaces so sort of have some visuals and spatial places for us to store our information and what kind of relationships we can develop through these places. PHIA: That is super duper awesome so thank for sharing about that that's really cool um so the thing that we wanted to talk about today was kind of this whole idea about like identity relating to VR because when we are in here and talking to each other obviously you don't look like an alien in real life and I don't look like a 3d anime girl all unfortunately and we do have this power with in VR where we can choose to be whoever we want you know we get to express ourselves in any way and like for me i got to create my avatar and I created something this is now this virtual representation of myself which is such an interesting concept so I wanted to kind of get your thoughts and opinions on identity in virtual embodiment like what does this mean if we're no longer tied to one physical form? Joakim: yeah I think this is a really interesting question for sure I think that what is interesting about it is that I mean in normal life we are to a certain extent given an appearance of course, you can change it through clothes and how we can how we exercise I mean how we how we treat our bodies and how we clothe ourselves but in VR you have the capability to ummm yeah really change it from from the bottom up so you can be something with eight legs ummmm yeah whatever so the sort of total freedom not just freedom relative to what your given from beforehand it's very interesting and I think it has the potential to show show ourselves we are in a certain way because we can define it's and sort of where our in their lives or yeah where are hard and long sleeves in another way. PHIA; yeah no I totally agree I think it'so interesting um like you said it's kind of like we can be a more true version of ourselves because i feel like it's really hard in day to day life when you are stuck with like your one singular appearance and that is what like for better or for worse what a lot of people will judge you on and what they what they see is kind of how they interpret you and interpret your existence but um when we're inside a VR you having the control over that therefore controls how other people subconsciously perceive you umm and so i think that's such an interesting idea that we then have this this choice in almost controlling you know no not only the inside of ourselves but then the outside of ourselves so what are your thoughts then on perceptions do you think that's like a better ting that now people can look at you for for what want to be or do you thing there's maybe some negatives that come with that and maybe like manipulating or controlling or losing yourself in that process? (5:11)

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