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​Jeremy Bailenson: Taking a grand tour of the latest in virtual reality

​What’s next in VR? Jeremy Bailenson and Russ Altman discuss the fast-growing field in this episode of the Future of Everything radio show.

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Could VR’s new age elevate the practical application of the technology? | Stocksy/Brian Powell

From Oculus Rift to Samsung VR, the era of virtual reality is right around the corner, if not already upon us.

But what are the psychological impacts of VR and what are the best uses of this much-hyped technology — the “killer apps,” as they say?

Jeremy Bailenson is a professor of communication at Stanford and author of the new book, Experience on Demand. He has been studying virtual reality and its effects on humans since 1999. Back then, his dream was to create virtual office spaces that might absolve people of the need to commute every day. These days, he studies how to make virtual reality even realer and which uses are closest to becoming the indispensable apps that could turn VR from a curiosity to a must-have in every home and office.

From exploring the subtleties of virtual donuts to the most effective ways to teach, Bailenson says the best uses of VR may not be those that leap immediately to mind. Join The Future of Everything host Russ Altman and Bailenson for a grand tour of the very latest in virtual reality.

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