Using Virtual Reality Technology: What are the Benefits and Risks?


March 16, 2017 :: Kris Hodgson
Moderated by Curtis Goodman

Virtual reality (VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment, and simulate a user's physical presence in this environment. VR can be defined as a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body or as an immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer.

Virtual reality will arguably be the future of gaming and that is a concern for some people. But there’s no denying the incredible opportunities businesses will have to adopt the technology in several industries including healthcare, advertising, journalism and more. However, a generational gap seems to be forming between older and younger folks over what this new medium will do.

Concerns have already been discussed in the past about rock and roll music, comic books, movies, video games, and virtual reality systems of the ’90s. The speaker will explain how modern virtual reality technology works and what benefits businesses and individuals stand to gain in this brave new world.

Speaker: Kris Hodgson

Kris Hodgson is a Digital Journalism Instructor in the Digital Communications and Media department at Lethbridge College. He is currently pursuing his masters in Virtual Reality (360 degree) storytelling through the University of Alberta’s Masters of Arts in Communication and Technology program.

Hodgson’s varied background includes working for weekly newspapers across western Canada, working for economic development agencies in Leduc/Nisku and Lethbridge as well as working as a wind energy community liaison with Lethbridge College’s International Wind Energy Academy advocating for renewable energy adoption.

Moderator:   TBA

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017 Time: Noon - 1:30 PM (30 minutes each for presentation, lunch and Q & A) Location: Country Kitchen Catering (lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S
Cost: $12.00 (includes lunch) or $2.00 (includes coffee/tea)


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