Across the globe, experiments are underway to deal with issues like racism, gun violence, and police-citizen interactions using virtual reality, augmented reality and related technologies. What are the key considerations when designing XR experiences for real-world social impact? What are the ethical and narrative challenges researchers, entrepreneurs and artists grapple with in these new media? And what can these applications teach us about the powerful potential of XR technology, and the risks we need to manage as technology grows? In this panel, three experts leading research projects at the intersection of XR and social justice will share what they’ve learned, what they’re excited about, and what keeps them up at night.
Additional Supporting Materials
- How XR technology is being used to solve complex real-world problems in research, training and social work
- The key design considerations, technical and narrative challenges, and ethical questions surrounding the use of XR technology for social impact
- Key learnings from the experts leading these applications, and their predictions for the future social impact of XR technology
- Justin Hendrix, Interim Executive Director, RLab
- Courtney D. Cogburn, Associate Professor , Columbia University
- Alice Formwalt, COO, Street Smarts VR
- Desmond Patton, Associate Dean for Innovation and Academic Affairs / Associate Professor, Columbia University
Ilena Parker, Manager of Communications, Rlab
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