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Brian.Dean
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3/10/2016 | 8:02:09 PM
Re: VR and Office
@David, I agree that technologies such as, SDN, are changing the enterprise networking environment and bandwidth will never be an issue as long as the data that is traveling through the pipes is delivering value.

VR, video and audio communicates greater information between the receiver and sender. Interactive video seems to have a higher marginal cost than interactive text. That is why I feel that text will also remain an important part for the foreseeable future. Maybe, EEG based communication creates different economics.  
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3/10/2016 | 7:37:47 PM
Re: VR Revolution: Would you Like Fries with That ?
Technocrati, technology is an enabler. It enables a shield that can be deployed in the short term. However, in the long term the same shield can turn into a trap because extensive shielding does not work well for biological beings. Either way, it increases the level of competition between peer to peer interactions.
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3/10/2016 | 7:18:46 PM
Re: VR Revolution: Would you Like Fries with That ?
@Susan, I agree. News has already surfaced about extreme video gaming over a normal LED screen that resulted in a fatality. VR will be similar, at the one hand there will be individuals that will not want to look through a VR headset and on the other hand, a few individuals will not want to see reality without a VR headset. It is the remaining 99% that will take digital communication and productivity to another level.
Technocrati
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3/10/2016 | 1:03:38 PM
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@Susan   I totally agree with your points.   I had not seen that episode of Sex in The City ( I need to catch up on it though), but I have heard of people breaking up via text.  I really think that is an really immature way to handle relationships.  

But I have noticed more and more that people are using technology to replace true human interaction.   Feel nervous in a setting ?  Pull out your phone and pretend you are doing something - when anyone with half a brain knows you are just probably playing a game.   Look serious, and maybe the person you are trying to avoid will think you are busy.

What kind of rational thought is this ?   And now the "tech Gods" are going to give the "emotionally underdeveloped" yet another way to escape interaction with others and now add reality to it.   I am frustrated to be honest.  

The wonders of technology are being wasted by a population not inwardly strong enough to handle it.

I think I have seen the future Susan, and it doesn't look good.  

Susan Fourtané
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3/9/2016 | 11:34:53 AM
Re: VR and Office
vnewman, 

"You mean you had to drive/walk/bike/subway/bus into an office for 8 hours a day???" <-- or a combination of those!

Ha! I don't have any children, but if you have, save this conversation somewhere. In the future, you might need it. :D 

Yes, with all the technology we have available telecommuting is the only thing that makes sense, as you say, except if the work has to be done in some sort of factory, and I would say, maybe to supervise the automation already going on in most of them. 

There is no point in communiting for several hours a day just to do what you can do from home in an office full of noise and other people eating their donuts. 

-Susan 
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3/9/2016 | 11:13:45 AM
Re: VR Revolution: Would you Like Fries with That ?
Technorati, 

Yes, I know what you mean. I am enthusiastic about the potential for business, and some other uses where VR can be useful. 

However, the thought of some people immersing themselves in a virtual reality world to the point of confusing or replacing the real world with it is not what I would like VR to be. 

For instance, quite many people today have replaced real communication, face to face communication, with all sort of things, i.e. text message, FB messenger, WhatsApp, any other messenger, email, etc. Not even phone is in the mix anmore. All these are good and useful for plenty of things. Except for some cases when you really need to see the person for discussing some important matters. 

Have you ever say Sex and The City? The episode when a guy brakes up with Carrie "on a Post-it"? After that, there is a good discussion about the way some people take o lightly things like relationships, emotions, the other's feelings, brake ups, etc. Those are things that have to be solved and discussed face to face. This is something humanity is missing. And it will not get any better, I'm afraid. 

There was a time, not long ago, when you wouldn't discuss certain things not even on the phone. You would ask the person to meet for coffee for that. 

So, if you tell me that you have seen the future and in that future people will replace personal communication with a VR communication I wouldn't be too excited about it. You know what I mean? 

-Susan 
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3/8/2016 | 1:27:32 PM
Re: VR and Office
@Susan - "It will save lots of money to the enterprise in travel expenses. and will save time to the employees. "



I have long said, one day our children or grandchildren will say to us, "You mean you had to drive/walk/bike/subway/bus into an office for 8 hours a day???"  Which, if you think about it, sounds ludicrous unless you work in a factory of some sort.  But for information or white collar work, it just doesn't make sense.  Not today with all the technology we have...and this may just be the impetus we need to get there.
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3/8/2016 | 12:49:14 PM
Re: VR Revolution: Would you Like Fries with That ?

Susan - 

Agreed.  I am not so sold on VR actually.   I followed it really closely this past year and while I am enthusiastic about the potential, I am not looking forward to a future of people wearing goggles all over the place.   

 

You think cell phones are bad, just wait.

Susan Fourtané
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3/8/2016 | 8:22:34 AM
Re: VR Revolution: Would you Like Fries with That ?
Technorati, 

Yes, the real influences of change. Also, the ones who come up with lots of business ideas these days. Well, many of them.

Then they can start discussing an idea for a VR startup right at McDonald's, start a crowdfounding campaign, and in no time you have something coming up in the VR space. 

This is why well established businesses today can't waste too much time pondering if trying VR in their enterprise is a good idea or not.

Sometimes you just have to take the risk. And, if all what I have seen and heard at MWC is right, everything seems to say "go do it, and do it now." 

-Susan 
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3/8/2016 | 8:14:19 AM
Re: VR and Office
David, 

I can volunteer to go and buy a Happy Meal in Sweden and even send you the Happy Googles. How does that sound? :) 

Since we are talking food, you need to know that now I will be thinking about donuts all day. Did you have to include donuts while thinking about collaborating in the virtual world?

If we move the donuts and Happy Meals to the meeting room, yes, VR is what's next coming to the enterprise. I have tried VR demos and there is so much potential for business. 

Not only for meetings and collaboration, but also for training. It will save lots of money to the enterprise in travel expenses. and will save time to the employees. 

There is no doubt the future of the enterprise includes investing now on VR, yes. 

-Susan 

 
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