Nov 3, 2011
another empathy gadget
first the empathy belly to feel what it's like to be pregnant
now AGNES (see photo), to feel what it's like to be old.
I admit to being a gadget geek. I'm both fascinated by and a bit dubious about empathy gadgets. As I've written before, there is some danger after using them that you will think that now you've actually walked in their shoes and really "know" what it's like - i.e. appropriative empathy. But of course all you have is a tiny taste of it. Does it really take all this expensive gear to have a little imaginative empathy of what it's like to live in an older body?