The Conference

TED-style talks that dive into the real-world implications of mixed reality, from how AR is changing advertising and commerce, to how VR is changing our brains and romantic relationships.

2pm - 6pm


 
  Photo Credit:  Nate Jensen for  PC Mag

Photo Credit: Nate Jensen for PC Mag

Keynote: This is Your Brain on VR

Featuring Dr. Sook-Lei Liew - Assistant Professor and head of USC’s Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabiltation Lab

  • How does virtual reality affect the end user’s brain?

  • Why do some virtual experiences “feel” vivid and immersive, while others fall flat?

  • And what’s VR’s potential to help (or harm) the way our brains function?

Learn 5 key takeaways about the impact of VR on our brains from the latest research at the collision of immersive technology and neuroscience.

Learn more about Dr. Liew here.


virtual love, sex & relationships

Led by High Fidelity & Second Life Founder Philip Rosedale, this convo will explore how alternate reality bonds and romances are changing our everyday relationships.

Other speakers include:

  • Ela Darling - Co-founder of GonzoVR, the world’s first VR camgirl, and a leading voice in the intersection of VR and the adult entertainment industry

  • Tom Boellstorff - Professor of Anthropology at UC Irvine and Co-author of “Virtual Worlds, Disability and New Cultures of the Embodied Self,” a study funded by the National Science Foundation

Learn more about Philip Rosedale here.

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more expert panels & interviews

  • XR & The Future of Entertainment - Featuring ESPN/Disney, Mindshow & LMU

  • VR Tools: We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby - With Hollywood VFX pros & AAA game developers

  • Augmenting the Consumer Experience

  • New World Ethics: Mixed Reality Commerce & Culture

  • Artist Spotlights

    • Nancy Baker Cahill

    • Kevin Mack

Get the full schedule here.