Who are you and how did you become interested in innovation/technology?
Some call me 'Norway's first VR professor'. When I was little, I read a lot of science fiction and fantasized about how to fly around the Galaxy, make friends with creatures from other planets, use technology to achieve super abilities, and save the world.
What is the most important thing you do at work?
We call it the 3 E, which are all equally important: Educate, Experiment, and Explore: our IMTEL VRlab is used in teaching different subjects such as geography and teacher education; we experiment and research the development and use of VR / AR solutions for learning and training; we invite the public to explore what VR/AR/XR technologies can be used for.
What do you focus on in innovation/technology?
At our IMTEL lab, we research innovative 'immersive' technologies and methods for learning and training: how VR / AR can support learning today and in the future when society and especially the labor market will be quite different from today.
Why is it exciting?
Because in VR / AR you can literally do anything you want, follow your imagination, and break boundaries and physical laws.
What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
With these technologies, if you use them in a certain way, you can literally 'reprogram' the brain and change attitudes towards people. Are you in danger of ending up in Matrix-like states? As with all technologies, balance and common sense are important
Your own relevant projects last year?
Perhaps our most exciting project in recent years is virtual internships or virtual job seekers in VR for NAV, where young jobseekers can gain insight into different professions in VR in a safe and engaging way.
Your other favorite examples of similar projects, internationally and nationally?
National: XR Norway. International: VR and Climate Change Awareness: Stanford Ocean Acidification Experience; VR and awareness of the refugee crisis: Project Syria by 'VR godmother' Nonny de la Pena.
What do we do uniquely well in Norway from this?
In Norway, there are several support schemes for innovation projects and infrastructure, both within academia and from innovation Norway to the business community. It is great that, for example, NAV in Norway dares to invest in innovative solutions and introduce VR at several of its workhouses and offices, this is quite unique.
A favorite future quote?
I usually tell my students that while a picture says more than a thousand words, VR says more than a million words.
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Spørsmål:Is VR an antisocial technology, because we have to leave the “real reality” to enter the virtual reality?
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