There is an extensive - and growing - list of topics/skills/issues that researchers are concerned with, mostly tied to what it takes to do our jobs well. The urgency of those topics sometimes means that we don't make room to formalize our consideration of other topics, the conversations that are happening anyway, in coffeeshops, Slack channels, hallways and Twitter threads. These discussions are where we confront the messy and personal aspects of our work and challenge the defaults and the norms of our practice. I believe - as our field grows in numbers and evolves in influence - that these issues are indeed urgent. I will delve into the most compelling motifs and share my perspective on the directions we can drive toward.
About Steve Portigal
Join us in the Foyer and Jutekelder for some coffee or tea.
Raz Schwartz has travelled all over the world trying to understand how AR & VR technologies fit into people's lives now and how they might in the future. Join Aryel Cianflone of Mixed Methods as they discuss how Raz got to this point in his career, what it's like doing research on the cutting edge of technology, and what inspires him personally & professionally.
The 4th Industrial Revolution requires businesses to understand and harness automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtualization and cloud computing, with 5G enabling a convergence of untethered AR/VR, IoT and real-time localised cloud processing in ‘the FOG’.
This generates a pervasive X-Reality data-rich environment that at the moment doesn’t account for end-user experience at all. As in any human/machine convergence, without quantifiable insights into end-user engagement in the development cycle and/or embedded in the design of any back end, undesirable personal and social outcomes will emerge, unethical practices will take hold and many products, services and business will fail.
And they say UXD is over? We have only just begun….
About Professor Karen Cham
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