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VR NOW

While it’s still early days for mass adoption of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality (VR+), imagine where business, the arts, and society might be later this century?

Paris-based VR expert and advocate Naomi Roth, in conversation with Robert C. Wolcott, Kellogg School of Management professor and Co-Founder of Kellogg Innovation Network, will explore how VR+ might change the game for arts, media, society— even the experience of being human.

What opportunities and threats might we face as we transition to a coming post-virtual world?

Naomi Roth launched Virtuality for Reality in 2016, an international online open-door community bringing together professionals, researchers and VR directors inspired by VR for good. She was invited the same year to co-create an innovation lab (on VR/AR/AI technologies) for a multinational startup, XXII GROUP then worked inside the laboratory on the elaboration of new lines of research.

As of today she gives lectures at French Universities and collaborates with action research projects destined to understand how environmental influences affect our choices and behavior.

This event is part of the French Innovation week organized by the French Consulate and supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Film Row Cinema
1104 S Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605

Event Type

Presentation

Departments

School of Media Arts, Interactive Arts and Media

Cost

Free Admission

Hashtag

#VR

Contact Name

Julian Grant

Contact Email

jgrant@colum.edu

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Julian Grant 4/18/2018

Naomi Roth Bio: I am an explorer of realities. Initially attracted by anthropology, studying human societies and cultures led me to grow a passion for the Unknown, the Other - other cultures, visions and other realities.

I began my career as a journalist and community builder, working with Parisian associations pursuing new solutions and concrete applications to create a sustainable and ethical future. Then Serendipity stroke. In early 2016, as my passion for sciences and new technologies was taking over in my life, I literally walked into a VR producer in the street. He gave me my first VR demo and... Brain slap... the next day, I found myself engaged as a volunteer and traveled Europe for the first world VR tour.

Back in Paris, I took part of the Café VR freshly imported from Montreal -demoing VR to a larger public- and decided to further understand the potential of VR applications to education, health, rehabilitation and awareness.

This is how I launched Virtuality for Reality, an online open-door community focused on VR for good. I was invited the same year to co-create an innovation lab (on VR/AR/AI technologies) for a multinational startup, then worked inside the laboratory on the elaboration of new lines of research.

Today I am a lecturer, speaker, consultant and connector - collaborating to various international projects destined to understand how environmental influences affect our choices and behaviour.