Meet Barry, you are about to ruin his day, over and over and over again. ‘his sole purpose in life is to listen patiently, and then protest or sob a little as you fire him from an imaginary job in virtual reality.’
Barry was created for managers to work on and practice the ‘soft skill’ of firing someone in Virtual reality. Created by Talespin, a VR workplace training company.
He will protest, put his head in his hands, sob and other actions will have him shout and yell.
Many people are using these VR tools for training. Imagine a world with perfect interactions. You try to ask someone out on a date and you have a chatbot for that and their personality type, or you strike up conversations based on how you interact. What if it went as far as making a room laugh, because you practiced it, it can work out well.
What ways can this become an opportunity for us?
What if ADT had a VR set where you watch someone ransack your house and you can’t stop them. Or an interaction with your home and a sort of meditation where the idea of safety and comfort are a focus, you dim the lights to a blue color, and that promotes safety, or different shades of blue.
What if we created what MIT did with designers: