Augmented and extended reality technologies which blend our digital and physical experiences are beginning to transform industry, work, education, and social platforms. With tens of billions of dollars being invested today to lead to a transition in the way people use their smartphones, consume information, and interact with each other, the extended reality ecosystem could be a $1.5 trillion opportunity by 2030. The blurring of boundaries between realities, however, holds enormous implications for how citizens, communities, and leaders comprehend the world around them.
- How will a blended reality existence transform social and economic policies, and how long will it be before these two worlds become indistinguishable?
- What should be done on the multilateral level to prevent undesirable consequences from becoming pervasive and entrenched in our hybrid physical-digital realities?
“At their best, such technologies can improve one’s work or education by speeding up lessons or handiwork, for example by bringing in an expert to communicate information in 3D. ”
“Trust in technologies like augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), virtual reality (VR) and the metaverse is a critical aspect as we move from one tech era to another without fully understanding the implications and challenges. ”
“Trust in technologies like AR, MR, VR and the metaverse is a critical aspect as we move from one tech era to another without fully understanding the implications and challenges. ”
“Large-scale immersive VR and AR systems can help preserve and share reservoirs of knowledge in the form of cultural heritage and materials, including scientific data, for the museums of the world. ”
“The idea of virtual reality has antecedents through millennia of philosophy, but the meaning in our lives ultimately comes from community, not from playing games. ”
“Through avatars, people tend to experiment with new identities, including gender and culture. ”
“For communities of disabled people who have limited access to the physical world, virtual and digital worlds provide new possibilities for accessibility and for expression of identity. ”
“The impacts of electronic media on mental health and memory formation in children are a concern for regulators because of the potential for deep immersion and synthetic experiences. ”
“Regulatory innovation in governance is needed to effectively manage these challenges in a way that keeps pace with how society is changing. ”