As the year 2022 draws to a close, much of the tech industry has seen dizzying ups and downs. Despite this, Extended Reality (XR) has seen exponential growth in some technological advancements and has reached major milestones in immersive human connectivity across the immersive sector.
The Immerse yourself in the 2022 World Summit Miami Many major brands across the tech industry have rallied to reflect on both their achievements and their setbacks. Many companies have used the Summit for dialogue, auditing and disclosure of spatial computing solutions.
Speak to XR today Jay Latta, CEO and founder of Strategic Intelligence for New Technologies (STINT), speaker and futurist. He is also an emerging technology strategist with over 35 years of experience in industrial and enterprise information technologies (IT).
We discussed the ongoing trends in Virtual, Augmented, Mixed, and Extended Reality (VR/AR/MR/XR). We also explored emerging technologies and the “human connection” across the tech industry.
XR Today: Can you tell me about your experience with IGS 2022 Miami and your best takeaways?
Jay Lata: IGS is a very interesting conference because it is very much like a family. This increased exponentially after the pandemic, and the first eight years I attended had already built a strong community.
He took a highly organized family approach where everyone understands each other. We are the same creators [focused on] Being together and talking to each other. Most importantly, we talk about things [and] Simply work on solutions to deliver what is most beneficial to the world.
XR today: What emerging trends should we expect for the industry in 2023?
Jay Lata: 2023 is just around the corner, so not much to begin with, but we can expect a huge rush from companies to do something in the Metaverse despite not quite understanding it.
I expect things to normalize and people to understand what the Metaverse really is. In terms of technologies and breakthroughs, there are many experiments underway in AR contact lenses. We can expect to show at least additional prototypes by the end of 2023, which could really offer a glimpse of what these devices will look like.
There are also many rumors about the upcoming MR headphones from Apple. We can expect them to set a standard, and many new players will step in to fill in the necessary gaps.
I also expect bigger moves towards touch to improve our immersive experiences. My favorite is also Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI). I know a startup that’s starting to build something in a two-way BCI that, in the next 10 years, could replace VR headsets with live feedback.
XR Today: What can you tell us about tech companies leveraging AI to enhance machine-human connection?
Jay LataIn terms of technology, artificial intelligence (AI) is an augmentation of it to help humans become better versions of themselves. If companies control AI, that’s uncertain.
Many in the industry are calling for software decentralized internet, which is already there, but the content is centered. That’s the problem, especially if they’re the usual suspects.
we need democratization Content, algorithms, data ownership, and data sovereignty. Only then can we use all these technologies for good, not for profit.
XR Today: Where do you see XR technologies and the title Metaverse, and what use cases should we expect in the near future?
Jay Lata: I would normally describe the XR as a cake with Five technical layersWe are very visually oriented and need to see things to understand them. Then you have artificial intelligence (AI), the predictive future modeling layer that makes sense of our data.
There is also a data choreography, which is related to the processing of big data of connected devices. There is also a data connection, and many users don’t think about where their data comes from. Is it real-time, replicated, really rich, immutable data that allows me to trust it or determine if it has been transmitted?
You can also use blockchain technologies that use advanced encryption. Once companies and others working with these concepts begin to understand this pie and take the “piece” as their own business or vertical. Many wear horse curtains, where we only see ourselves and have to stay informed. Sometimes we get motivations from radically different silos, and then the magic happens.
This is why the XR is so important. It makes things explainable and guides the industry to new use cases. I’m a big fan of the human focus, where machines meet our needs and not the other way around. Most people will simply say that XR allows them to perform better at their jobs or social interactions.
XR and rethinking the human connection
Instead of using a search box to type in queries, the Internet could have a digital twin of a virtual library of information.
We can remember the physical and visual details of a book while sampling on the pages and scrolling through the content. If we can manage this with the help of XR, we can potentially speed up and completely revolutionize how and where searches are conducted. This would be great for datasets.
Imagine using these in 3D environments, where not only are we using 2D objects, but our informational resources have spatial properties. This is human behavior, and XR and its use cases will help us stay human in the process.