Drax and Jo present a good take on how VR Rooms may actually be used in homes. Obviously few people are going to be able to devote an entire room of the house or apartment solely to VR. So, there will be some way to integrate the tech into our living spaces.
11:30 The discussion shifts to Philip Rosedale’s demonstration of VR to explore his wife’s brain. Jo points out this is one of few cases of people showing the use of virtual reality for purposes other than games.
Also, I’ll point out that Oculus based VR is rapidly gaining ground in architectural circles.
Discussion continues to explore VR possibilities. Jo and Drax are quit imaginative about the possibilities.
18:00 Drax touches on Tim Berners-Lee discussion of the importance of the Internet for democracy. This is probably a very pertinent discussion as the future freedom of the Internet changes as control of the ICANN system changes hands. See: U.S. to relinquish remaining control over the Internet. The real problem here is who do we trust to control our information. The US Government has sort of controlled paid for it forever via government contact to a private company ICANN.
The US until recently has been the single largest advocate of free speech on the planet. Most other countries have in one way or another imposed or attempted to impose restriction on speech. The majority of nations voting in the UN oppose free speech (democracies are a minority) and thus the UN cannot be trusted. So, who? Business? Religion? China? The world’s most powerful nations? A committee of some kind?
The Bush administration started stepping on human rights and free speech rights in earnest after 9-11 in the name of protecting us. The Obama administration promised transparency and open government. But, the reality is more government secrecy and weaponizing of government agencies to curtail criticism of the administration has occurred in the last 5+ years than since Nixon. Even to the point of signing an executive order stating agencies may lie about the existence of documents requested via Linden Johnson’s Freedom of Information Act. (Reference, Reference) So, America’s prestige as an icon of free speech is diminishing.
We still have to ask who has been doing or could do a better job?
The pressure to take the ICANN away from US control has mounted after the NSA scandals and violations of privacy laws. But, the two are unrelated in the sense of free speech. NSA is listens to everyone’s free speech and is intruding into our private speech. Changing who controls the Internet is risking our ability to speak and will do nothing to control who is listening.
Drax asks who is worse, government or businesses. Again setting up a misleading comparison. A more pertinent question is which people in which positions have the most or least power and motivation to abuse us?
Jo says they should pass a law… but, we already have millions of laws and a large number of them purport to protect our speech from this sort of abuse. So, that idea is doing more of what has not worked.
20:20 Discussion turns to the first VR Talk Show ever. They get into whether the new show is really the first VR Talk Show. (Reference) For the RoadToVR peeps it is important their claim be true and they are invested in it being true.
The rub comes in how people define VR. Is Second Life™ VR? If it isn’t then what is it? According to the Road peeps SL is a virtual world and that is not virtual reality. Really!?!
See the Road’s story: Exclusive: Look Out, Jimmy Fallon, The First Riftmax LIVE Talk Show Is Amazing!
This becomes a classic case of people trying to debate a set of opinions to some point of realism all should be able to agree on. But, agreement will not be reached as a part of the group has an agenda, if not all parts, and some part will forever be unwilling to accept an opinion other than their own. Think Russia and the Ukraine.
Drax and Jo put forth a good set of facts for their point of view. AFAIK, there is no rebuttal from the RoadToVR or RiftMax Live people. If I were placing bets on the outcome of a debate on this subject I would go with Drax and Jo’s position.
You can see RiftMax-Live not so live on YouTube.
Drax and Jo are strong believers in the idea that SL has a reputation problem. Their idea is based on the belief of the Lab having a bad reputation. I disagree and believe SL has no reputation with most of planet Earth’s people.