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Defying Reality Using Virtual Worlds to Break Physical Reality in Productive Ways. Instead of just replicating physical reality, we should identify and leverage unique levers available to us in virtual worlds to create new forms of work and social interactions.

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Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Defying RealityUsing Virtual Worlds to Break Physical Reality in Productive Ways


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Instead of just replicating physical reality, we should identify and leverageunique leversavailable to us in virtual worlds to create new forms of work and social interactions.


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Being in Nothingness (John Perry Barlow)

Suddenly I don’t have a body anymore … the closest analog to Virtual Reality in my experience is psychedelic … the third oldest human urge, the desire to have visions.


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Philip Rosedale (Founder of Second Life)

Based on Second Life, the average of all dreams is Malibu.


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

The Issue of Virtual Chairs

Why do we need virtual chairs if our virtual bodies never get tired?


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

3D isn’t a magic ingredient

Boring people are still boring when they are 3D


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

The Central Dogma of Games

Games are made to slow you down. The inefficiency IS the game.


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Can we use virtual worlds to break realityin productive ways?


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Facial and Behavioral

Mimicry


Face morphing

Face Morphing


Voting results

Voting Results


Digital chameleons

Digital Chameleons


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Personality Gold Mines

Rich, longitudinal, behavioral profiles based on engaging activities.


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Rich Inference Markers

Is it possible to infer someone’s real world gender, age, and personality based on virtual behavioral markers alone?


Inference rules

Inference Rules

Male

Age: 18-25


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Dynamic Mimicry

Infers and leverages your gender, age, and personality to create high-influence agents in the virtual world


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Tailored Realities

Everyone sees their own version of reality.

These versions need not be congruent.


Tailored mimicry

Tailored Mimicry


Self perception theory

Self Perception Theory


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

  • Attractiveness is correlated with:

  • Friendliness

  • Extraversion

Can we make someone friendlier by giving them a more attractive avatar?


Attractiveness findings

Attractiveness - Findings

  • Participants in more attractive avatars:

  • Walked closer to the virtual stranger

  • Shared more personal information with the virtual stranger


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

  • Height is correlated with:

  • Confidence

  • Personal Income

  • Leadership

Can we make someone more confident by giving them a taller avatar?


Findings height

Findings - Height

  • People in tall avatars more likely to make unfair splits.

  • Also, people in short avatars twice as likely to accept unfair splits.


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Does seeing an older version of yourself help you better plan for retirement?


Aging your avatar

Age-morphed

Digital Avatar

Actual photo

Digital Avatar

Aging Your Avatar


Retirement fund

Retirement Fund

Hypothetical Retirement Fund Growth by Condition

$2,000

Old

$1,000

Young

$0

2008

2018

2028

2038

2048

Year


Bobo doll

Bobo Doll


Avatar creation

Avatar Creation

PhotographFeature Tracing RenderingAvatar


Exercising

Exercising

Watching your virtual self run

Self Running

Other Running

Self Loiter


Findings

Findings

Participants who saw themselves exercise demonstrated higher levels of exercise in the next 24 hours.

Self Running


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Helping Each Other

There weren’t places on line you could go to get all the answers. You had to ask other players. There was a lot more give and take. [M, 29]


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

How does a massively-multiplayer game encourage people to become anti-social?


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Social Architectures

We’re used to thinking of altruism as an individual trait, but virtual worlds show that altruism can be part of the social architecture of games.


Defying reality using virtual worlds to break physical reality in productive ways

Breaking rules of physical reality inproductive ways.


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