It’s big announcement day everyone! eleVR is joining a new organization called HARC, Human Advancement Research Community, which is the newest project of Y-Combinator Research.
Lots of things will be the same: we will still be posting all our findings here and we will still be releasing all of our work open source and creative commons, but now we are better setup to support a longer term and more ambitious vision, as part of a nonprofit 501(c)3.
For the past two years, our group has worked on understanding what virtual reality is and wants to be, with a particular focus on self-expression and mathematical visualization. This fits really well into the larger vision of HARC, which is as follows:
Our mission is to ensure human wisdom exceeds human power, by inventing and freely sharing technology that allows all humans to see further and understand more deeply.
In our increasingly interconnected world, every individual’s actions can affect billions of others in complex and invisible ways. We believe every individual must have access to technologies that allow them to build their own understanding of the world and its systems in order to act conscientiously, responsibly, and effectively, both as individuals and in collaboration with others.
HARC researches technology in its broadest context, which includes: technology for communication (from the invention of spoken language to modern data graphics), intellectual tools (such as the scientific method and computer simulation), media (from cave painting to video games), and social systems (including democracy and public education). We’re focusing on areas where we believe the structures created today will have the most impact on the future, and that can most benefit from having dedicated resources outside the for-profit world. At the moment, these areas include programming languages, interfaces, education, and virtual reality.
Our shared vision of technology combines an expansive long-term view with a strong moral sense. We look to the distant past as well as the far future. We reject the artificial boundaries created between the humanities, arts, and sciences. We don’t always agree on what is good or evil, right or wrong, but we use these words seriously and are driven by them. We seek to guide human technologies in thoughtful and ethical directions, with a deep sensitivity to the relationship between technology and the human condition, and the difference between what a piece of technology is intended to be and how it impacts humanity in reality.