- Your iPhone
MIT is taking applications to be one of the first to try "20 Day Stranger," an iPhone app that connects you--loosely--with a stranger as far away from you in the world as possible, for 20 days. You'll see your partner's activity, but blurred and anonymized, and you won't be able to contact them with the exception of a single message after your 20 days are over. For instance, you might see that your partner is driving and see images of scenery in Paris, but you won't see their checkin at a specific cafe. MIT and the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics hope this experiment can help to develop empathy for strangers, independent of superficial traits or categories like gender or name.