With a vibrant virtual reality, situations could be simulated that would rival reality. It would be great fun, but it would also be a helpful tool.
In today’s court cases, the jury only imagines what a crime must have looked like. Sure, they can see photos of the aftermath. They can see video evidence. But what must have been going through the heads of the people involved is a mystery.
In virtual reality, the scene could be replayed in complete detail for the jury. If cameras became even more ubiquitous in the real world than they are today, a scene from the real world could be translated to the virtual one.
Why might this be useful? Why would anyone want to relive a crime in such detail?
I was watching Chicago the musical (the movie, though) the other day. The “Cell Block Tango” is one of the most memorable numbers in the movie, so of course it got stuck in my head.
He had it coming
(He had it coming)
He only had himself to blame
If you’d have been there
(If you’d have seen it)
I bet that you would’ve done the same
So that got me thinking. If it were so easy to determine guilt via virtual reality, that takes all the fun out of it. (Think like a writer with me! Conflict is king.)
What if there were another type of appeal a defendant could claim, instead of just guilty or innocent? If all twelve jurors were dropped into a virtual world (without knowing the details of the case yet), and they were put into the exact same situation… well, would they have done the same?
It’s a fun idea because it puts the jurors on trial as much as the defendant. If all twelve commit the crime, then the defendant can’t be found guilty.
What do you think? How might a justice system change with the advent of a true virtual reality? Leave a comment below or find me as +Traci Loudin on Google+, the perfect place for fans of science fiction and fantasy to hang out.
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