I'm not going to plug specific technology vendors here, but if you want a full list of the highlights from companies that launched products at AWE, this is a good roundup. I will say that once I got how far this technology has come so fast, it was a little breathtaking. I'm not sure where we officially draw the line between "emerging" and "established" technologies, but if we haven't crossed that line yet with MR, we're really close.
I'm probably overly optimistic about the role that technology will play in our future. This is not because I am an expert in AI, machine learning, or spatial computing, however. (I'm not.) It is because as a psychologist, I have a solid foundation in understanding how bad people actually are at making decisions, and I'm looking forward to when I get to make fewer of them, or at the very least have a robot to blame for outcomes I don't like. The key to us being able to interact with technology on a personal level is this Mirrorworld, with AR as our portal to it.
I absolutely love all the learning conferences we attend, but to be able to put aside that lens for a few days really helps frame my thinking about how we'll increasingly interact with MR in the future. The vision isn't to use AR and VR to train until you are proficient enough to take the glasses off. The vision is to keep the glasses on. Will learning itself ever be obsolete? No, but we will have the opportunity to learn and create in ways we've yet to imagine.
Sure, you can learn with AR and VR, but they're not just "learning technologies." They are also marketing technologies, entertainment technologies, communication technologies, creative technologies, industrial technologies, and health care technologies. What's the common denominator? The person in the middle and how they interact with the technology.
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