“Invisible” Bodies and Presentations via Hologram

Hi all,

In light of all of our wonderful (continuing!) discussions about affect and embodiment in the classroom, I thought folks might be interested in this. The study, published in Scientific Reports, shows that:

“Using clever camera angles, virtual goggles and physical caresses, a team of researchers was able to make people feel as if they had an invisible body. Furthermore, feeling invisible reduced the anxiety brought on by standing in front of an audience, the researchers found.”

Relatedly, Stephen Hawking recently lectured in Sydney via hologram. What a revolutionary way to get folks in a room with each other. I wonder if someday it could be part of a typical routine, such that bodies could “be” in a room with each other (as opposed to on a screen) and carbon footprints could go down as a result. (Admittedly, I know little about the environmental impact of holographic technology. In that vein, wondering how they did it? More here.)


  1. It’ll be interesting to watch where this technology takes us in terms of freedom of expression, too. New anti-demonstration laws in Spain prompted an incredible hologram protest, and artists put up a hologram of Edward Snowden in Prospect Park after a statue of him was removed by authorities.

  2. Thanks for those, Katina! The Snowden thing was in one of my favorite parts of the city, yet I still missed the whole thing! The Spain photos are so powerful.

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