Tech Museum's Fake News Exhibit

Tech Museum's Fake News Exhibit (Photo credit: Matt Bigler/KCBS Radio)

Tech Museum Tackles Fake News In New VR Exhibit

Matt Bigler
May 17, 2018 - 12:01 pm

SAN JOSE (KCBS Radio) - The future of fake news is the subject of a new high tech exhibit at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. KCBS Radio's Matt Bigler checked it out and filed this report.

"The name of the exhibit is 'Reality Redrawn'." Tim Ritchie president CEO of The Tech shows off some of the high tech art experiences that explore the impact of fake news and misinformation. For example, Donald Trump on the front page of The New York Times as seen through an augmented reality iPad.

"And then over the top of that, we see all of the additional tweets that he has said and his administration has said you can't see that." Ritchie said. "But when it superimposed with the augmented reality, you can see 'oh there's one thing that's printed in The New York Times, there's another whole series of things that have come across the tweets. Which do we believe? Whom do we believe"

Then there's 'Filter Bubble Roulette'. Creator Emily Saltz says visitors put on a VR headset and are immediately immersed in someone else's media bubble. "It forces you'd have to focus on these other environments and pay attention, as opposed to just kind of getting lost in the noise."

This is a pop-up exhibit that only lasts from Friday through June 3rd.