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The Future of Reality: The Potential Impacts of Virtual and Augmented Reality

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What is virtual reality? What is augmented reality? These technologies fall under the umbrella of immersive technologies and are bound to reshape how we interact with the world. PwC predicts that immersive technology has the potential to boost global GDP by up to $1.5 trillion by 2030. As VR and AR continue to develop and mature, their use in areas like healthcare, education, public safety, and manufacturing also expands. So do important questions around privacy, security, regulation, and ethical standards. How can we advance the beneficial application of immersive technologies, while ensuring values and standards are fostered? Join the Bipartisan Policy Center and the XR Association on February 24 as we explore the challenges and opportunities that emerging technologies like these will create and think through potential policy implications with experts and stakeholders.

Featured Participants

Keynote remarks by:

Robbie Bach
Board Chairman, BPC

Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA)

Elizabeth Hyman
CEO, XR Association

Sen. Todd Young (R-IN)

Panel discussion with:

Dr. Jakki Bailey
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin School of Information

Michelle Richardson
Director of Privacy and Data, Center for Democracy and Technology

Owen Larter
Director of Public Policy, Office of Responsible AI, Microsoft

Moderated by

John Soroushian
Associate Director for Corporate Governance and Technology, BPC

In light of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, BPC events have shifted to all remote formats, such as video teleconferences or calls.

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