A Conversation about Storytelling in the AR/VR and the Metaverse

A Conversation about Storytelling in the AR/VR and the Metaverse

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, July 5, 2023

On July 5. 2023, the Department of English and Humanities at ULAB organized “A Conversation about Storytelling in AR/VR and the Metaverse” at its permanent campus premises. The facilitators were Dr. Joseph Jerome, a Privacy and Technology Lawyer and Expert in AR/VR Policy based in Washington, DC, and Dr. Sohana Nasrin, a faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa, Florida.

Joseph Jerome initiated the session and elaborated on the term “Metaverse” in his presentation. He emphasized that the Metaverse encompasses not only social media or virtual reality but also comprises numerous buzzwords that signify the magnitude of its concepts.

Dr. Jerome then provided explanations of the terms “Augmented Reality” (AR) and “Virtual Reality” (VR). He focused on how AR conceptualizes the real world by layering virtual content on top of it. He further showcased instances of the advancements in AR and VR, which foster nearly realistic communication among people. His discussion aimed to introduce the various uses of AR and VR, while elaborating on their future implications in everyday life. For example, he highlighted how these immersive technologies might help generate empathy in people and emphasized the research possibilities in this field for students from underdeveloped countries.

The conversation then shifted towards the investments of companies in this sector. It was asserted that this is one of the fastest-growing business sectors, as these advanced technologies can provide personalized and immersive experiences to everyone. The discussion further delved into how VR can be utilized for training purposes and how companies are leveraging its benefits. At this point, Dr. Sohana Nasrin inquired about the utilization of AR and VR technologies in creating a new platform for storytelling on various issues like the climate crisis.

During the question-and-answer session at the end of the conversation, the facilitators addressed queries regarding the emergence of AI, the accessibility of AR/VR technologies for all people, the utilization of the Metaverse, and their adaptation and importance in people's lives, particularly in developing countries like Bangladesh. Dr. Sohana Nasrin made a concluding remark, emphasizing the importance of continuous innovation and experimentation. She highlighted that people should never stop innovating or experimenting, as it can help them stay ahead of the game and pass on knowledge to others.

The session ended with concluding remarks from the facilitators and a presentation of a token of appreciation to the guests by the Head of Department, Ms. Arifa Ghani Rahman. Prof. Kaiser Haq, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, attended the session along with other ULAB faculty members and students. The session was of special interest to students of English and Media Studies.

Report by Nabila Faiza Islam (201013115)