Altered Minds | Virtual Futures Salon @ The Hospital Club, London [21 March]

Altered Minds | Virtual Futures Salon

18:30 - 21:30

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The Hospital Club
24 Endell Steet, WC2H 9HQ London, United Kingdom
State-of-the-art virtual environments, that are increasingly indistinguishable from reality, are fast proving themselves to have a transformative effect on the body and the brain.

Virtual reality (VR) has shown itself to be an effective non-pharmalogical treatment for a number of conditions: studies show that VR has been as effective as morphine at reducing sensitivity to chronic pain, it can normalise the fight or flight area in the brains of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and VR systems can effectively induce a feeling of body ownership.

But virtual reality, like all technologies, is neutral: it can be used to treat but might it also be used to traumatise? What makes VR so effective (or ineffective) in altering the way in which our mind works? How might designers and developers leverage these effects to design more immersive experiences?

Join the artist who will live a simulated life in VR for 28 days, an academic who is using gaming to transform how humans experience the world, one of the UK’s leading VR developers, and a researcher who is using virtual reality to combat psychosis, for a conversation on the the hash reality of building new realities.

— PANELISTS — Mark Farid, Artist Living in Virtual Reality for 28 Days

Prof. Pam Kato, Professor of Serious Games

Dr. Dave Ranyard, CEO of VR Development Studio Dream Reality Interactive & Former Director of Sony PlayStation's London Studio

Prof. Lucia Valmaggia, Head of Virtual Reality Lab, Kings College London

Moderated by:

Luke Robert Mason, Director of Virtual Futures

— TICKET INFORMATION — Discounts are available for students, early career researchers & journalists.

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