“The Renaissance of VR: Are We Going To Do It Right This Time?” Moderated by Carolina Cruz-Neira and Margaret Dolinsky

  • ©Jaron Lanier, Ronald Azuma, Elizabeth Baron, and Carolina Cruz-Neira



Entry Number: 02


    The Renaissance of VR: Are We Going To Do It Right This Time?




    After being dormant in the public eye for more than 10 years, VR is now back to the front pages re-discovered as the portal to push the limits of our imagination towards compelling immersive experiences that can also blend with the physical world. Well Established companies and strongly backed new companies are committing serious investments into VR and its applications. This second VR wave is coming strong and fast in making VR accessible for the general public, not as the specialized technology for a few elite research labs of the 90s and early 2000s. 

    This “VR renaissance” is engaging the public’s imagination like never before because the technology is now affordable, easy to use, and widely available. Furthermore, it is aligning itself with successful business models, like the app stores for mobile technologies. The expectations are that it is “here” and “now”, and that it will take us to places we cannot even imagine. But, at the same time, we still have not found the infamous “killer app” So, is VR for real this time? Are we setting the expectations right? Are we being carried away by our enthusiasm again? Will we deliver? In other words, are we going to do it right this time? 

    This panel looks into the future of VR, while looking back for lessons learned, successes and failures, and why after setting high expectations we could not deliver. A blend of pioneers that rode VR’s first wave and that are key players on the renaissance of VR today will bring a lively discussion on their perspectives about the past, present, and future of VR as well as their views about the path that needs to be charted towards the success of VR as there may not be a third revival for VR. 

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