Ever wonder how virtual reality could be applied to the world of farming? Well, a project called Second Livestock might have the answer.
This virtual reality concept for conventionally farmed chickens seeks to solve the problem of free-range chickens being more expensive than conventionally raised chickens. Using virtual reality, farmers would trick chickens into thinking they live in spacious, green fields. In reality, they would be confined to small pens like many chickens are today.
Second Livestock is meant to spark conversation about the ethics of contemporary farming and our growing reliance on “virtual worlds.” The project’s website raises some interesting questions:
- What role does virtual reality play in our real, day-to-day lives?
- Is perception reality—both for humans and for animals?
- What are the ethical considerations of using virtual reality in farming?
- What advancements does the future hold in high-tech farming?
- How could virtual reality be used to improve the quality of life for animals (and even humans)?
To find out more, and see some of the project’s interesting (and disturbing) conceptual images, click here.