Marjorie Prime— Augmented and virtual reality in medicine
Scientists from the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning discuss their visionary program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which focuses on improving the outcomes of care through experiential learning and new technologies—including augmented and virtual reality. Part of the 2018 National Evening of Science on Screen.
In the near future, in a time of artificial intelligence, 86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her.
Marjorie (Lois Smith) is an elderly woman who lives with her daughter (Geena Davis) and son-in-law (Tim Robbins). Marjorie’s mind has started to drift as she’s gotten older, so to help, she’s begun talking to a holographic reproduction of her husband, Walter (Jon Hamm). The creation — referred to as a “Prime” — is a software-driven blank slate that can take on the characteristics and nuances Marjorie remembers about her husband, even if some of them aren’t exactly true. As other family members talk to Walter Prime, it becomes clear that the family has been haunted by unspoken secrets and tragedies they’ve never really dealt with.