There are three versions of the We Are Here. The first is the program’s pilot. It’s the briefest, and it told from the perspective of what we know now. The view it provides is sweeping, short on detail but enormous in scope, not unlike seeing the Earth from space.

The second tells the same story from the opposite perspective. Starting from the limited conception of our earliest ancestors, it grows in scale, discovery by discovery, as we find ourselves in an increasingly large and mysterious universe. This version takes a dozen episodes to unfold, spanning every continent and several millennia as it leads audiences into the present day.

The third version plays out when members of the audience make the story their own by tracing the steps taken to reach this point themselves. People who involve themselves to this degree will be using one of VR’s most remarkable features—the ability to occupy another's perspective—to see the world and the cosmos through the eyes of the people who used their own moments on Earth to build the conceptual edifice that extends our horizons today.

Aided by online connections to others doing the same thing, they work through the he conceptual, mathematical, and technical problems that emerged from the successes of prior generations, building their own abilities from a foundation of deep knowledge to a point where they can work in, on, and through the platform that is primed to play an outside role in redirecting the course of human history.