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Virtual Reality in Biology: Can We Become Virtual Naturalists?

Version 1 : Received: 27 October 2019 / Approved: 27 October 2019 / Online: 27 October 2019 (15:49:29 CET)

How to cite: Morimoto, J.; Ponton, F. Virtual Reality in Biology: Can We Become Virtual Naturalists?. Preprints 2019, 2019100311 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0311.v1). Morimoto, J.; Ponton, F. Virtual Reality in Biology: Can We Become Virtual Naturalists?. Preprints 2019, 2019100311 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201910.0311.v1).

Abstract

Technological advances made Virtual and Mixed Reality (VMR) accessible at our fingertips. However, only recently VMR has been explored for the teaching of biology. Here, we highlight how VMR applications can be useful in biology education, discuss about caveats related to VMR use that can interfere with learning, and look into the future of VMR applications in the field. We then propose that the combination of VMR with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence can provide unprecedented ways to visualise how species evolve in self-sustained immersive virtual worlds, thereby transforming VMR from an educational tool to the centre of biological interest.

Subject Areas

virtual reality; biological evolution; immersive reality

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