30 Jun 2023 | Mike Boland
AWE Talks: Where Do XR and AI Intersect?
AWE USA 2023

Welcome back to AWE Talks, our series that revisits the most engaging content from AWE’s catalog of conference sessions. Now that AWE USA 2023 has concluded, we have a fresh batch of sessions to dive into. 

This week, we focus on the convergence of two massive and emerging forces in the tech world: XR and AI. Where do they intersect? Where are the opportunity gaps? And where are there risks for things to go horribly wrong?  

See the summarized takeaways below, along with the full session video. Stay tuned for more video highlights each week and check out the full library on awe.live and AWE’s YouTube Channel.

Alvin Graylin
Tony Parisi
Amy LaMeyer
Kent Bye

– There’s a growing sentiment among tech generalists that AI replaces XR.
– In reality, they support and feed into each other in several ways.
– As Ori Inbar stated in his conference keynote, XR is the interface for AI.
– AI likewise supports XR such as visual search and object recognition.
– Similarly, most XR positional tracking systems use AI, says Graylin.
– Generative AI can be used to create 3D worlds, just like it creates 2D art.
– But we shouldn't be too quick to discount human creativity, says Parisi.
– AI will do its best work when it's used as an additive tool, not a replacement.
– For example, generative AI can be used as a creative brainstorming tool. 
– That said, the elephant in the room is that AI will replace several jobs. 
– Some are more concerned about this outcome than others, and time will tell. 
– The question then becomes if humans lean into AI or try to keep it in check. 
– Meanwhile, AI is inherently dependent on humans for training data. 
– For now, human creativity and storytelling is the human differentiator. 

For more color, see the full session footage below. 

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