The Machine to be Another is a scalable system that allows pairs of individuals, such as Europeans and migrants, to step into each other’s shoes through virtual reality.
The Machine To Be Another is a Creative Commons Non-Commercial-Share-a-Like tool which allows people to see and feel themselves in the body and personal story of another person very different from themselves. Based on cognitive science, the system offers a multisensory experience that allows participants to literally swap bodies, perspectives and personal thoughts. Designed to promote immersive perspective-taking and empathy, the Machine To Be Another aims to be a tool for public use, available in libraries and community centres, specially open for promoting meaningful encounters between locals and new-arrivals. The tool is an opportunity for dialogue and breaking down stereotypes in a direct face-to-face way that helps challenge deeply-held perspectives about identity and the division between self and other.