New Machine Allows For Men And Women To Effectively Switch Bodies With One Another

In 1996, the alternative rock band The Butthole Surfers released a song called, "Pepper," which presented one very important universal truth: "You never know just how you look through other people's eyes" But that might not be entirely true anymore...
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In 1996, the alternative rock band The Butthole Surfers released a song called, "Pepper," which presented one very important universal truth: "You never know just how you look through other people's eyes" But that might not be entirely true anymore...
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In 1996, the alternative rock band The Butthole Surfers released a song called, "Pepper," which not only hit on important topics like the natural death of Flipper but presented one very important universal truth...

"You never know just how you look through other people's eyes"

However, that might not be entirely true now...

A new machine called The Machine To Be Another created by Spanish design collective Be Another Labs combines virtual reality with advanced neuroscience techniques to let people, effectively, swap bodies with one another.

It was built in hopes of helping scientists explore and quantify concepts like sexism, gender identity, and bias. With the help of Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets, the project utilizing The Machine To Be Another has two participants stand in front of one another with their headsets on, which allows them to effectively see out of the other's eyes.

When they look at each other, they see themselves. When they speak, they hear the other person's voice in their ears. Then, the participants re-discover the room and their "new" bodies by syncing their movements with one another.

"The brain integrates different senses to create your experience of the world," explains Philippe Bertrand, a member of the team behind the project. "In turn, the information from each of these senses influences how the other senses are processed. We use these techniques from neuroscience to actually affect the psychophysical sensation of being in your body."

Currently, the team's experiments have mostly focused on gender swapping, but it hopes to explore issues in regards to transgender and queer bias and is looking to partner with organizations, experts, and activists to help them further perfect their techniques.

So if you know someone who knows someone, help these guys out so that we can finally realize all those Freaky Friday body-swap comedies that are so wonderful.