SXSW 2020

Harnessing the Holodeck: VR, Work & Society


The power of agency, presence, storytelling, and the ability to engage with others over large distances enhance the intensity of VR experiences. By harnessing these features, virtual reality platforms can change the way we interact with others in the workplace and in social spaces. Virtual social experiences, work and education will also become more experiential and accessible as VR technology proliferates. Nevertheless, the VR industry will have to overcome technological barriers and navigate policy challenges to be able to reach its potential. This panel explores how VR will transform work, learning and socialization to allow people to find meaning in the Metaverse.

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  1. What are the technological barriers to VR innovation and adoption? How can they be overcome?
  2. How can VR overcome concerns with harassment, privacy and cybersecurity?
  3. In what ways will VR transform work and socialization?



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

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Experiential Storytelling
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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