What we do
The research primarily focuses on the specifics of human behavior in virtual environments. To obtain the most relevant data, we decided to build a custom simulator that, due to its idealistic foundation and significant historical distance, would allow for a relatively unbiased approach (or at least a similarly biased approach) for all participants. For this reason, the writings of the Greek philosopher Plato (427–347 BC), The Republic, were chosen, where we find a very detailed description of the proposed utopian society.
When building the simulator, we aim to be as true to the reality of the time as possible. Therefore, we are trying to reconstruct how Plato himself might have imagined his city-state while preserving contemporary and local customs, architecture, art, cult, etc.