When Virtuality Surpasses Reality: Possible Futures of Ubiquitous XR

Johnstone, R., McDonnell, N. and Williamson, J. R. (2022) When Virtuality Surpasses Reality: Possible Futures of Ubiquitous XR. In: CHI '22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New Orleans, LA, USA, 29 Apr - 05 May 2022, p. 6. ISBN 9781450391566 (doi: 10.1145/3491101.3516396)

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Is our future heading towards enhancing the human experience with computer-mediated reality? Immersive technology is unique, existing between the world and our senses, letting users traverse wholly virtual environments (i.e. distant places or fantasy worlds) or augment the real world with virtual objects, and any mix of virtuality-reality in-between. This paper explores the philosophical and social ramifications of ubiquitous immersive technology, envisioning a relatively near-future where mainstream technology has been replaced and a dystopian far-future wherein individuals may choose to abandon reality in favour of virtual worlds. Creating design fictions as thought experiments, we explore the open challenges of possible futures in XR, researching tomorrow’s technologies today.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williamson, Dr Julie and McDonnell, Dr Neil and Johnstone, Mr Ross
Authors: Johnstone, R., McDonnell, N., and Williamson, J. R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts

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