VR and Faking Emotional Intelligence [...]

In the calls for greater emotional intelligence as the answer to our economic situation, there is a core assumption that the harm to workers under capitalism comes not from a system which denies labor access to the value it creates, but fundamentally from the forms of affect that this system embodies. Change the affect, and not only will you resolve this harm, but — and perhaps more importantly — your institution will be more effective as a result. Workers might still be exploited, but they can feel better about it. (Source)

Games & sims reward interpreting what the system wants and feeding that back to them. Therefore, in capitalism, demonstrating measurable external signifiers of empathy is more important than developing empathy itself.

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