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SXSW 2019

Harnessing the Holodeck: VR, Work & Society

The power of agency, presence and the ability to engage with others over large distances enhance the intensity of VR experiences. By harnessing these features, VR platforms will revolutionize the way we interact with others in the workplace and social spaces. Social engagement as well as workforce training and teleworking will also become more experiential and accessible as VR technology proliferates. Nevertheless, VR & AR will have to overcome technological barriers and navigate policy challenges to be able to enhance human experience. This panel explores how VR will transform work and socialization to allow people to find meaning in the metaverse.

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  1. VR is unique for three reasons - a strong sense of agency, presence and social interaction over distances.
  2. VR will transform work and socialization by making training more experiential, and by making teleworking and interacting more authentic.
  3. Finding meaning in VR



Anne Hobson, Program Manager, Mercatus Center At George Mason University

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: VR/AR/MR
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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