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Friday Buzz: The Real World Implications of Virtual Reality

For organizations concerned about the future of the world and those who inhabit it, virtual reality could usher in a bold new era. Plus: Examining how organizations use freelancers.

Humanity is approaching a crossroads, according to Agora VR CEO Jason Ganz, in a post on Singularity Hub. One direction eliminates some of the worlds’ biggest global problems; the other heads toward “a world where we don’t fulfill the ultimate promise of modern civilization.”

So, the path humanity takes has significant implications, but Ganz says virtual reality may unlock the means of making the right choice.

In order to end extreme poverty and adopt sustainable ways of living, he lists three essential goals that we must fulfill: inspire people to want to solve those problems; provide the kind of education that produces innovators, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers; and “create a global collaboration infrastructure” in which everyone can help.

And virtual reality has the potential to help execute that entire list.

“Social virtual reality is going to be an absolute game changer for collaboration,” Ganz writes. “Because social VR will do what no other has been able to do—actually make you feel like you are in the same room with another person.”

That heightened ability to collaborate, he says, has the potential to vastly expand an organization’s problem solving and efficacy. That should be music to the ears of any cause-focused organization.

Study of the Day:

With so many experts saying video is “the next big thing,” it can be easy to assume more video is better. But a new study from the Journal of Marketing has some surprising results that may disprove that notion.

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Eli Zimmerman

By Eli Zimmerman

Eli is studying Journalism at the University of Maryland. When not studying, he likes to relax with a nice book or a couple rounds at the local boxing gym. MORE

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