A while back I wrote about the theoretical use of an “experience” machine that could become part of citizenship in the future. The idea was that the machine would allow us to tap into other peoples’ experiences from around the world. We’d be able to see as they see, live as they live, and most importantly — suffer as they suffer.
This machine would constitute a civic duty in order to benefit from the privileges of society. It would be the duty of all citizens to experience the life of others.
The goal is simple: to make it clear within everyone’s mind that we are all connected. That we are all one.
I can’t find that post right now, but if any of you remember what I called it I’d appreciate it. Anyway, my buddy Jason just pointed out to me that Seymour Papert had a similar idea: the Knowledge Machine.
Slightly different applications, to be sure, but the concept is similar enough.:
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