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June 29, 2021

Solving the future of XR with Antonia Forster

Welcome to our monthly podcast, Building New Realities, where Future Visual’s CEO, Tim Fleming, discusses ideas and stories around building new realities with today’s XR thought leaders.

In this episode, Tim welcomes Antonia Forster, an XR Technical Specialist at Unity.

Together they discuss topics ranging from Unity and controllerless hand tracking, to AI and metaverses. Antonia gives some insight into the use of XR as a tool for equality, equity and empathy.

Topics discussed in this episode:
• Antonia Forster’s background [00:18]
• Technical and empathetic research in Unity [3:49]
• Thoughts on VR as a tool for empathy [6:20]
• Current projects in Unity [10:30]
• Feelings on controllerless hand tracking [12:18]
• Greatest technological challenges with hand tracking [13:18]
• What we can learn from animal behaviour [17:13]
• Investigations into decision making [23:08]
• Greatest opportunities in XR [28:36]
• Problematic results with AI [31:00]
• Thoughts on how Metaverses may emerge [32:57]
• Projects that changed your approach to your field [37:42]
• How to help build a new reality [38:28]
• Social programs [43:05]
• Museums as a platform [45:33]
• Book recommendations [50:49]
• Theories and laws[52:21]

Resources mentioned in this episode:
Algorithms to live by [50:59] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Algorithms-L…
Solving for happiness [51:39] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solve-Happy-…
Dunbar’s number [52:54] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%…
Unity Industrial webinars [54:14] https://create.unity3d.com/unity-for-…