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?

GIL 2012. CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY Speaker: Adrain David Cheok, Professor in Keio University

On June 26th I will be giving a talk at the GIL event on Growth, Innovation and Leadership which is organized by Frost & Sullivan for leaders in industry. I hope to see you there.

Frost & Sullivan’s global community of Growth, Innovation and Leadership is focused on engaging, sharing, and inspiring a continuous flow of new ideas and fresh perspectives leveraging innovation as a resource to address global challenges.

Year after year our CEOs and members of their growth team, invest the time to experience a GIL event, renewing their passion, fueling their creativity and gaining inspiration through interactive networking, bench marking of proven growth strategies, sharing of best practices by industry and career, exposure to best-in-class growth solution providers and access to some very insightful “BIG Picture” 360 Degree Visionary Perspectives.

Visiting Professor Adrian David Cheok Shanghai East China University of Science and Technology

This week I was a visiting professor at Shanghai East China University of Science and Technology. I was invited by Professor Gaoqi He who was an incredible warm and friendly host. I had two classes in the school on the topic of multi sensory mixed reality and on the final day a public talk where people came from other universities. For the class, it was mainly undergraduate with some graduate students. I particularly enjoyed to discuss with the students when they asked questions. There were a couple of students who were from Africa (but who spoke Chinese and English!) who asked very deep questions. Such as what are the long term effects of internet hugging. I spent some time in the lab ans it was great to see some students who seemed shy come up to me with great ideas and questions. There was one student Jingyuan Chen who I had a very interesting and impressing talk with in the lab. He came to talk to me and he wanted to ask about possible ways to make interactive origami. We talked about robots doing origami. But then he said something profound. He said for origami the *process* is important. I totally agree and I think this applies to all of life. Having a robot or outsourcing tasks can actually decrease happiness because humans find pleasure in “flow” in being involved in the process. I noticed this student really makes origami and had a whole collection on his desk. I was impressed he is putting his passions and hobbies into action and making real things. This is the best way to have creativity. To have passion from your heart.

PHOTO SET: EAST CHINA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Adrian David Cheok Young Global Leader at Yale University’s Jackson Institute. “Foundations for Leadership in the 21st Century: Global Issues.”

Adrian David Cheok as one of the Young Global Leaders at Yale University’s Jackson Institute which hosted The Forum on Young Global Leaders

From October 23-25, the Jackson Institute hosted the Forum on Young Global Leaders for a discussion entitled “Foundations for Leadership in the 21st Century: Global Issues.”

Talks include “On Globalization” with former Mexican President and Jackson-affiliated faculty member, Ernesto Zedillo, and former Argentinian Minister of Economy and Jackson Senior Fellow, Domingo Cavallo, as well as “Social Entrepreneurship” and “Negotiation and Strategy” with Sharon Oster and Barry Nalebuff from the Yale School of Management.

The Forum on Young Global Leaders convenes future leaders from all regions of the world representing business, government, civil society, arts and culture, and academia and media.

Professor Aleh Tsyvinski, a former Young Global Leader himself, and Jackson Director James Levinsohn hosted the event.

Innovation Workshop at Ogilvy Fuel 2012 in Kyoto

Over 300 leaders of Ogilvy, one of the largest advertising and media companies in the world had an in-house conference in Kyoto.

I was one of about 4 or 5 external people invited to the conference, and I presented and gave a workshop on Innovation, together with Melvyn Lim who is Executive Creative Director at OgilvyOne Worldwide, based in Singapore. I found Melvyn to be a brilliant and creative mind, and I really enjoyed working with him.

We designed the workshop to be as interactive as possible. The session was centered on creativity and storytelling to fuel innovation. First we gave a short presentation on what is creativity and methods of innovation. One modern method to fuel innovation is combining thinking with hacking that combines design thinking, storytelling and collaborative creation. In the style of “Wicked solutions for wicked problems” the participants were then asked to imagine they are a Ninja in Kyoto transported from 17th century to today who only knows about materials we would find in a typical Ikea shop (wood, metal etc.) and you have to recover an important scroll held in the “heavily guarded” Kyoto National Museum. Participants are encouraged to find a creative and interesting solution – such as designing a gadget such as Ninja did, or design something to be stealthy (also Ninja did this) – like a trojan horse. The participants could decide on a gadget solution or strategy solution or something else – but it should be creative and innovative Participants will be provided with poster paper and color markers. After about 20 minutes of group discussion and sketching the groups all storyboarded their solution and presented it as a story/performance creatively. 

We gave four sessions in a row, so it was quite intense. However it was most joyful to see Ogilvy executives, and even the top bosses, enthusiastically participate in the session. The solutions were really creative, and even included Ikea meatballs as part of their design, which I did not think of before the session. It was really eye opening and interesting to work with the brilliant Ogilvy executives and staff.

Neurons have been found in the human heart.

In the Ogilvy FUEL conference there was a brilliant talk by Tam Khai Meng called Global Dreams where he showed very creative works in advertising worldwide. What I was amazed is many brilliant works from places I never think of for creativity such as Africa and South America.
At the end of the talk he showed a latest work which showed neurons have been found in the human heart. His point was to follow the human heart. But for me it was exciting further evidence that thinking and mind is a deep connection between brain and mind and that we need to trigger all of our senses for effective creativity and learning.

Ogilvy FUEL in Kyoto

Ogilvy is one of the world’s largest advertising companies in the world. It is a truly global company. For the first time in seven years they are having an internal conference for their top global executives and it is in Kyoto. About 4 or 5 people have been asked to come to give talks and workshops. I have been asked to give an Innovation workshop. I will give it four times in a row. My plan is to give a short talk on methods to be creative, and then we will do a short workshop in groups. I have set up a workshop which is based on imagining you are a ninja from 17th century transported to 21st century. Using only materials available in 17th century you have to find a creative solution to recovering an ancient scroll from the Kyoto national museum. Then as a group we will story tell our idea and invention. The main message is to be creative use all parts of your senses and brain. Think, sketch, draw, make, communicate, and iterate.

So it is mainly Ogilvy company executives, and it is very interesting to be part of this company event. The conference is very powerful, at the opening, CEO Paul Heath said the aim is for the company staff to be the best in the whole world. That vision is really inspiring and that is the kind of vision I always want to be part of. Ogilvy is all about creativity. They want to be the best storytellers, natural collaborators, and to be effective in delivery. I agree with this. Innovation is about creative ideas. But without collaborating and making a real world output, it is simple an idea. We need to turn creative ideas into reality.

Adrian David Cheok to speak at Seoul Digital Forum 2012

Adrian David Cheok to speak at Seoul Digital Forum 2012

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?

Human-Computer Confluence VISIONS Powerpoint presentation download

Human-Computer Confluence VISIONS Powerpoint presentation download

Augmented Reality Event – Sneak Preview of ARE 2012 Schedule: Chock-Full of Augmented Reality Goodness…for The People

Augmented Reality Event – Sneak Preview of ARE 2012 Schedule: Chock-Full of Augmented Reality Goodness…for The People

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