Looking In, Looking Out: Social Implications of AR and VR
After everyone got seated with some breakfast, we will run a talk on Mixed Realities. We will look at social implications of the Augmentation to Reality that will affect all of us. Will it lead to a polished world where only perfection is allowed or can it bring about more meaningful interactions and connections among people? After the talk there will be room for questions, and some relaxed discussions.
The rapid emergence of Augmented and Virtual Reality will affect many aspects of our lives, from how we communicate, to how we get entertained, how we work, even how we dream. But will the prominence of singular, immersive realities risk isolating individuals from each other even more than the cyberspace does today? Will we sacrifice traditional intimacy and messy, unpredictable face-to-face socializing in favour of a more idealized and focused way of bonding? Or will immersive mediums instead help us create instant communities of like-minded individuals in a faster and more meaningful way? Can we, by focusing inwards make it easier for ourselves to make outwardly connections?
We will start the morning with some light breakfast and coffee/tea.
Presentation will be given in english, but questions and discussions can be held in Swedish too.