One Man's Insane Plan to Make Oculus Rifts for Chickens
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Virtual Reality!
Adam Clark Estes writes:
Problem: Too many chickens don't have room to roam around and be happy. Solution: Strap virtual reality headsets onto said chickens so they think they're free-range. No seriously, an assistant professor at Iowa State University seems to think this is a good idea, but he has to be kidding. Right? RIGHT?!
Austin Stewart recently launched a bewilderingly straight-faced website for a project called Second Livestock, a sort of Second Life for farm animals. It would involve outfitting livestock with special Oculus Rift-like devices so that they can enjoy a virtual world of fun and feigned freedom. There's no need for farmers to provide the physical space required for a true free-range experience, you can just fool them. Stewart's is also giving Ted-like presentations to audiences across the Midwest.
Not sure how I feel about this.
Haha, the phrase "virtual free range chicken" almost makes sense.