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Wednesday, January 18, 2023


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Martin K.

Interesting; when I read Snow Crash, I didn't imagine the shitty public terminals as flat screens but as shitty VR headsets - maybe because at the time I had already experienced "jerky, grainy" VR headsets in real life.

Also, I remember the Second Life hype in 2007; specifically, the idea that there will be all kinds of professional meetings, talks, presentations, lectures, and courses in flat-screen virtual worlds. That vision is dying a slow death ever since. It was all but killed by the rise of video streaming. And, yes, there are products like Virbela ( https://www.virbela.com/ ), but after participating at a conference using Virbela during the Covid-19 pandemic, I'm more convinced than ever that flat-screen virtual worlds are not the way to do professional meetings.

Immersive technology (and in particular good spatial audio) is different. I've seen professionals changing their opinion about meetings in VR after just one meeting in Rec Room. Even I was impressed by seeing a holographic Alex Kipman on stage a few meters in front of me in AltSpaceVR. There are good reasons to believe that lighter, more comfortable VR headsets and photorealistic avatars will make professional meetings in VR even more attractive and much more popular.

That is not to say that VR headsets are the only immersive technology for this purpose. Maybe teleconferencing will be one of the killer apps for Apple's AR glasses, and when it's applicable, the experience delivered by Google's Project Starline ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q13CishCKXY ) is probably hard to beat.

VR headsets are not the last word. In fact, I don't think that the Time Magazine cover wants to ridicule state leaders, but it might very well try to ridicule the idea that those state leaders would be happy to wear today's VR headsets to talk to each other.


Metaverse doesn't want the VR association

And VR platforms don't want the Metaverse association.

It seems everyone would be happy by having the other not be associated.

Iggy 1.0

Important old folks in suits seeing nekkid folks in VR:

My first perverted thought when I saw that Time cover.

When have mass media really understood what is happening online? The furor over OpenAI's chatbot shows they don't understand what strong AI is (and ChatGPT ain't that, as it told me itself when I asked).

But that narrative does not sell magazines (remember them?).

TonyVT Skarredghost

Well, there are lots of people (me included) that hope for XR to become widespread, but we don't share any dreams with Meta... so please don't write that promotion of VR is the promotion of Meta

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