10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
The grand challenge of the 21st Century is to create socially and ethically adept hybrid networks of humans and machines. The augmentation of human abilities and global ecological systems will play a critical role in our future. AI agents are already deeply integrated into society and integral to many activities from dating, driving, coding, to policing and Large Language Models and Multimodal AI have already changed the way we communicate, work, and play. But, while Augmented Ecologies are now reaching beyond industry experts and scientists to the rest of us with generative AI, these new hybrid ecologies between humans and machines will diminish individual human autonomy and agency if we do not empower people to create, manage and participate in them. This panel will look at this grand challenge for the future of an Augmented World!
11:00 AM - 11:35 AM
Join the "Grandfather of Virtual Reality" and Virtual World Society founder Tom Furness + China President at HTC and VWS board member Alvin Graylin as we discuss the next stage of the XR industry's growth. Sharing their thoughts on the views and learnings from key industry leaders of the VWS' "XR Round Table", find out where Tom's untethered optimism and Alvin's seasoned global business experience intersect.
Moderated by Linda Ricci, this promises to be a lively and action-provoking session featuring leading thinkers in the space.
11:40 AM - 12:05 AM
When is something remotely similar to a 'metaverse' going to actually happen, and when it does, what needs to happen to make it a positive experience for humans and maybe other sentient beings too. Philip looks back on 20 years of Second Life to talk about what is likely to happen next.
12:10 PM - 12:35 PM
"No Man is an Island" - John Donne
Going it alone is certainly doable, if you are very lucky or have unlimited time and money, but for most platforms or products that rely on the number of active users, working with and scaling through partners can drastically improve time to market and enable you to create and deliver value-add for users more quickly. In this session we'll discuss the network effect, why it's important and how to leverage a partner ecosystem as part of your strategy.
02:10 PM - 03:05 PM
In the gaming industry, "God Mode" is a special code that makes the players invincible in the virtual world. And today, In the real world, there is no character in more need of invincibility than Earth - the sustainability of communities, natural resources, and wildlife within it.
One of the debates in recent Sustainability forums has been the extent to which the massive digitalization of people, processes, and technology during the pandemic has proved a bountiful benefit or dramatic detriment to the planet. And the XR industry has been a major beneficiary of this accelerated digitalization and has the opportunity to demonstrate how the industry and total ecosystem (be that Metaverse, Blockchain, etc) will positively contribute to REAL Sustainability outcomes.
This critical panel will explore where and how XR can meaningfully impact climate-positive and social-forward initiatives and enterprises, and put the Earth in God-Mode - before it's too late (ie, "Game Over").
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM