Seoul Digital Forum, Mixed Reality: Beyond the Real-Virtual Dichotomy

Seoul Digital Forum, Mixed Reality: Beyond the Real-Virtual Dichotomy.

Mixed Reality: Beyond the Real-Virtual Dichotomy, Expanding Human Potentials 2012-05-23

Visionary : Adrian D. CHEOK [Professor, Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University / Director, Mixed Reality Lab, National University of Singapore], Howard CHARNEY [Senior Vice President, Office of the President, Cisco], Genevieve BELL [Director, Interactions and Experience Research, Intel Labs, INTEL]

Symposiarch : WOO Woontack [Professor, Graduate School of Culture Technology, KAIST]

The scope and reach of human influence is being extended. The new generation of mixed reality technologies is merging the real and the virtual, making possible simultaneous interactions between the two worlds. With its limitations in interface design and accessibility being mitigated, mixed reality is making tangible contributions to expanding the human potential in an increasing number of practical fields including healthcare, education, training and media by lowering spatiotemporal barriers. With the real and the virtual coming to coexist and be increasingly interfused, what kinds of benefits and obstacles lie in store for us?

Crazy but True Inventions: Pigeon guided missile by Skinner

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An excellent early example of human-animal cybernetic systems.

This experimental device was developed during World War II by behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, who experimented with harnessing pigeons’ pecking movements to steer missiles. Skinner divided this nose cone into three compartments, and proposed strapping a pigeon in each one. As a bomb headed towards earth, each pigeon would see the target on its screen. By pecking at the image, the birds would activate a guidance system that would keep the bomb on the right path until impact. Skinner’s idea received initial support, but the U.S. military finally dismissed it as impractical.

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