09:30 AM - 09:55 AM
As the world becomes increasingly connected, and immersive technologies gain wider adoption within government, business, and the consumer market, a framework for privacy, cybersecurity, and safety is necessary. From headsets to other wearables and related sensors, Extended Reality (XR) technologies are now capable of gathering untold quantities of biometric data about users, potentially everything from a user's location and skin color to their eye and hand positions at any given time. As we build the next version of the Internet/Web 3.0, also known as “The Metaverse,” it is vital that we take a proactive approach and address some fundamental design choices about the principles of how we want it to operate and avoid replicating or exacerbating what is broken about the Web today. The most disastrous elements that must be fixed are data ownership, confidentiality, and accountability. With this in mind, the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI) and many research partners such as the MITRE corporation are engaged in conducting research to propose a Privacy and Safety Framework that sets a baseline set of standards, guidelines, and best practices that are regulation agnostic. Join this dynamic panel where we will go beyond discussing the sheer problems and begin to solutions that lead to better privacy, cybersecurity, and safety in the Metaverse.
10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
For all the ways that immersive technologies can be used for good, they can be used for evil. This talk will provide some conceptual frames for making sense of the landscape of XR ethical dilemmas including human rights principles, tradeoffs between contextual dimensions, and mapping relationships between techno-social, political, and economic domains. This talk will be reporting back on some of the work done by the IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Extended Reality, as well as provide insights into how to integrate ethically-aligned design and responsible innovation best practices into your experiential design process.
10:50 AM - 11:15 AM
This presentation addresses the fundamental challenges in XR solutions creation in depth and how PlugXR provides the solution to these challenges. This SAAS based product is revolutionizing the XR industry by making it easy for a diverse audience to be able to use it with ease due to its simple and coding free interface. Also, introducing PlugXR's brand new features such as Geo Anchors, Area Targets, WebXR amongst others.
11:20 AM - 12:15 PM
Working across different time zones with overseas partners is nothing new to the designers and engineers. During the pandemic shutdown, many of them learned to perfect these remote protocols, powered by affordable AR/VR hardware and software. As U.S. businesses get ready to return to the conference rooms and cubicles that have been sitting idle for the past 12-15 months, we ask a panel of AR/VR veterans to envision the role of AR/VR in the post-pandemic world.
01:45 PM - 02:10 PM
In this talk I will describe how AI-driven 3D avatars will help us enable the metaverse. I will motivate how digital humans will impact the future of communication, human-machine interaction, and content creation. I will present our latest 3D avatar digitization technology from Pinscreen from a single photo, and give a live demonstration. I will also showcase how we use hybrid CG and neural rendering solutions for real-time applications used in next generation virtual assistant and virtual production pipelines. I will also show case a demo of a fully autonomous virtual human that we have developed at Pinscreen. I will then present a real-time teleportation system that only uses a single webcam as input, and our latest efforts at UC Berkeley in real-time AI synthesis of entire scenes using NeRF representations.
02:15 PM - 03:10 PM
Our panel of seasoned experts will address questions about the future of XR gaming. What are some of the most interesting opportunities in XR? How can XR be more social? How do you survive the experimental stage? How do you handle privacy and empathy? Our speakers include Sonya Haskins of VR Fitness Insider, David Levitt of Pantomime Corp., Tommy Palm of Resolution Games, and independent XR developer Patrick Hackett. Dean Takahashi of GamesBeat will moderate the session.
03:45 PM - 04:00 PM