Hidden Realms and Untapped Potential: Scratching the Surface of Simulations


Session Overview:

In this session from the 2020 GovComms Festival, Research Assistant at Griffith University James Durl explores the exciting new world of extended reality, virtual reality and simulations. How can simulations be used to the benefit of communication?

What is reality? What makes something real? James discusses the philosophical and ethical conundrums associated with virtual reality and simulations.

James explains how virtual reality is made, and where it came from. He also explains what makes a good virtual reality universe, and what improvements need to be made in order to make virtual reality appear indistinguishable from real life.

James then shows examples of how virtual reality can be used in a communications context.

He plays and unpacks the case of a woman who was able to interact with a virtual representation of her deceased daughter using virtual reality. What else can virtual reality be used for?

After watching this video, you will be able to:

  • Understand what virtual reality is, as well as where it’s going in the future.
  • Recognise the benefit of how virtual reality could assist communications professionals.
  • Unpack the ethical and philosophical dilemmas associated with virtual reality.

Please note that this is a recording of a live presentation.