The Building New Realities Podcast


Building New Realities is Future Visual’s new fortnightly podcast discusses ideas and stories around building new realities with today’s XR thought leaders #VR #AR #VirtualReality

Ep 24: User focused design for VR experiences with Rupert Breheny
In the latest episode of the Building New Realities podcast, Tim chats with Rupert Breheny about his work on Google Earth VR, his observations and lessons as a UX designer focussed on virtual reality and the future of immersive technology. They cover the power of VR to improve accessibility, digital anthropology and the importance of designing with a customer focus. Guest Bio Rupert is an experienced technology advocate and conference speaker, specialising in VR/AR and mobile ecommerce, particularly in the fashion vertical. He builds partnerships and wrangles technology to launch products that drive both business value and user delight. Highlight 1 - Using VR to unite different generations 00:09:34:15 - 00:10:57:02… I live in Zurich, Switzerland I’m quite enthusiastic about that too Highlight 2 - Digital anthropology and the importance of face-to-face testing 00:24:30:06 - 00:26:33:23… when I was a UX prototyper see it for yourself in person Additional Resources Rupert’s links LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/rupertbreheny Applications mentioned: Unseen Diplomacy: https://store.steampowered.com/app/429830/Unseen_Diplomacy/ RealityViewer: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/4369155596472213/?locale=en_GB Theories mentioned: Imposter Syndrome https://www.verywellmind.com/imposter-syndrome-and-social-anxiety-disorder-4156469#:~:text=Coping-,What%20Is%20Imposter%20Syndrome%3F,perfectionism%20and%20the%20social%20context. Simulation Theory https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-we-live-in-a-simulation-chances-are-about-50-50/ Book Recommendations Heaven and Hell, Aldous. Huxley https://amzn.to/36WeTjyThe Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu https://amzn.to/3OEICykTower of Babylon by Ted Chiang https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/29864598-tower-of-babylonPiranesi, Susanna Clarke https://www.waterstones.com/book/piranesi/susanna-clarke/9781526622433Snow Crash: Neal Stephenson https://amzn.to/3vPhS5JFall of Hyperion, Dan Simmons https://amzn.to/37Gu2WB Episode Transcript 00:00 - 00:49 Introduction 00:50 - 01:29 Rupert explains what his role is at Google 01:30 - 03:21 Rupert talks about his first experience with VR in the 80’s 04:22 - 09:29 What does building new realities mean to you? 09:30 - 12:44 Using VR to access the non-accessible. 12:45 - 20:18  User Design for VR 20:19 - 22:28 Observing and learning from how people react in VR 22:29 - 23:54 Using novel mechanics and using the natural playfulness of VR to heighten immersion for users. 23:55 - 30:33 Digital anthropology, face to face testing and customer focus 30:34 - 33:54 Sacrificing aesthetics for performance in immersive design 33:55 - 46:21 The future of social interaction and games in the metaverse 46:22 - 48:51 What project has changed the way you approach design? 48:52 - 01:01:08 Rupert’s future trends: Avatars, virtual clothing, architecture and NFTs. 01:01:02 - 01:05:59 Gaining perspective and “opening your eyes” 01:06:00 - 01:07:48 If you had $100m to spend on a social programme with no red tape, what would you do? 01:07:49 - 01:12:00 Rupert’s favourite theories and book recommendations 01:12:01 - 01:12:55 Closing comments  Listen, rate, and subscribe! Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4WdFEVGCsFJCb5iyIY19sY Podbean: https://buildingnewrealities.podbean.com/ YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZuZmlLMIX3lCunZ1bXIb-ZTDJOZRKbLY Apple Music: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-building-new-realities-podcast/id1508003242 Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-building-new-realities-podcast TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Technology-Podcasts/Building-New-Realities-p1315313/ Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/8063a708-52c8-43d0-a952-5d45d9f47158/the-building-new-realities-podcast
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Ep 23: Innovating in the world of DeFi & StableCoins with Publius, Beanstalk Farms
In today's episode, Tim speaks with Publius, the anonymous founder(s) of Beanstalk, a decentralized credit based stablecoin protocol uses a new and novel method of pegging their native currency $BEAN, to the value of $1. Together they discuss the purpose that stablecoins play in the cryptocurrency markets and what makes Beanstalk so innovative.   Beanstalk: https://bean.money/ Beanstalk Farms Twitter: https://twitter.com/BeanstalkFarms Publius' Twitter: https://twitter.com/isthispublius   00:00: Introduction 01:06: What is the purpose of a stablecoin in the world of cyptocurrency? And what problem do they solve? 04:30: Collateral & Credit based stablecoins 07:00: The problem with collateral based stablecoins 08:00: How Beanstallk's credit based stablecoin works 10:05: The success of Tera Luna 11:15: Digging in on the volatility and cost of borrowing for stablecoins 15:40: What drew Publius into the world of finance 18:30: How do you explain DeFi to newcomers? 23:45: How can people engage with Beanstalk? 26:20: The mechanics of Beanstalk's borrowing 30:15: The Beanstalk DAO & How Beanstalk stablises the cost of BEAN to $1 36:00: Incentivising people to remain invested in Beanstalk 37:45: The journey for a first time user getting involved with Beanstalk 42:00: Clarifying terms and the user journey 43:30: What can I use Beans for? 48:00: The vision for Beanstalk's future 51:15: Where do you see the future of DeFi? 55:30: What does Publius think about NFTs? 57:00: What would Publius do with $100 million to spend on a social programme with no red tape?   Disclaimer: This podcast is for information purposes only. This should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.
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Ep 22: Immersive worldbuilding from an artist’s perspective with Brenda ChenEp 21: Building a better world with Emma CooperEp 20: How do we adapt to rapid technology change? Featuring Michael QuintanaEp 19: How NFTs are empowering digital experiences with Jordi Van Den Bussche (Kwebbelkop)Ep 18: The metaverse as a tool for collaborationEp 17: The ethics & economics of the metaverse with Theo PriestleyEp 16: VR as a tool for empathy with Louise LiuEp 15: Challenging Preconceptions with Perri LewisEp 14: The future of VR storytelling with Alex RühlEp 13: Solving the future of XR with Antonia Forster
Welcome to our monthly podcast, Building New Realities. Future Visual’s CEO, Tim Fleming, discusses ideas and stories around building new realities with today’s XR thought leaders. A warm welcome this week to Tim's guest Antonia Forster. In today's 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. Antonia's socials: Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntoniaRForster LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonia-forster/ 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-Live-Computer-Science-Decisions Solving for happiness [51:39] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Solve-Happy-Engineer-Engineering-Uncovering Dunbar's number [52:54] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar%27s_number Unity Industrial webinars [54:14] https://create.unity3d.com/unity-for-industrial-series
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Ep 12: Digital Transformation with Professor Karen ChamEp 11: Customer Experience In The Age of Immersive Technology with Claire EllisEp 10: Connecting Technology to Experience with Jack X and and Sebastien JouhansEp 9: How Aggreko Is Deploying Immersive Technology with Walter DavisEp 8: The Challenges Of Being A Futurist with Phil RowleyEp 7 How Embodiment and Virtual Reality Creates Presence? With embodiment expert Rachel BlackmanEp 6: Immersive Space - The HP Way with Joanna PopperEp 5: The Business of Body Intelligence with Simon Roberts