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Our Interactive Future

Opportunities in VR and AI.

On June 17th, I had the pleasure of speaking to the young inventors of the future - an engaged group of Chinese high school and college students - on “Our Interactive Future: Opportunities in VR and AI” at the China Museum of Science & Technology in Beijing, as part of the China Association for Science & Technology’s “Solve for Tomorrow” event.

Consistent with my belief that lack of understanding and lack of reflection are at the root of most problems we face, I designed the hour-long presentation to be accessible to the uninitiated while thought provoking for the geeks. Much as a blade can be used to kill or to cure, VR and AI cut both ways. The inevitable convergence of these technologies will supercharge the pros and cons, and raise the stakes of opportunities and challenges.

I’ve provided an outline of the presentation below. Those interested in hosting “Our Interactive Future” at their conference or school (in any part of the world) are welcome to contact me for further details:


“Our Interactive Future: Opportunities in VR and AI”

1)      What is immersive media?

a. A brief history of immersive media

b. Classifications of immersive media

i.    Virtual reality (VR)

ii.   Augmented reality (AR)

iii.  Mixed reality (MR)

iv.  Extended reality (XR)

c. Characteristics of immersive media

i.    Presence

ii.   POV

iii.  Pathways

iv.  Engagement

v.   Empathy

2) How is immersive media used today?

a. Design & Industry

b. E-commerce

c. Real estate

d. Education & Training

e. Health care

f. Sports

g. Science

h. Security

i. Assistance

j. Advertising & Journalism

k. Entertainment

3) What is the future of immersive media?

a. Sublimation of hardware

b. Convergence of VR / AR / MR

c. The digital “metaverse”

4)      What is artificial intelligence?

a. A brief history of artificial intelligence

b. Classifications of artificial intelligence

i.    Reactive machines

ii.   Limited memory

iii.  Theory of mind

iv.  Self-awareness

c. Current approaches in artificial intelligence

i.    Machine learning

ii.   Deep learning

iii.  Neural networks

d. Characteristics of artificial intelligence

i.    Detection

ii.   Organization

iii.  Prediction

iv.  Decision

v.   Response

5)      How is artificial intelligence used today?

a. Business & Finance

b. Industry & Agriculture

c. Transportation & Tourism

d. Education & Training

e. Health care

f. Science

g. Security

h. Assistance

i. Advertising & Journalism

j. Entertainment

6)      What is the future of artificial intelligence?

a. Future trends in AI

b. Robots

c. Competencies for our AI future

7)      How will these technologies converge?

a. Virtual worlds we enter

b. Virtual beings who enter our world

c. Pros & cons

d. Ethical considerations

8)      So, what now?

a. Call to action

b. Thanks

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Kevin is the author of AWN's Reality Bites blog, his musings on the art, technology and business of immersive media (AR, VR, MR) and AI. You can find Kevin's website at and he can be reached at