According to Jason Morris, “[There aren’t] a lot of AI jobs in buggy country”. However, he has managed to create his own job.
Morris and Kris Jackson, co-founders of CrossTrainer Mixed Reality, have studios at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, Pa. Morris and Jackson have done projects for Walmart, Mattel, A&E/ The History Channel, and Google.
While some VR (Virtual Reality), (Augmented Reality), and AI (Artificial Intelligence) products are being used for leisure, there is a whole industry using these technologies for training applications, such as those working in high stress situations.
According to Balasios Lahaniatis , founder of Berks Games, tools using virtual reality are training doctors and other medical professionals. VR is in use to teach emergency room doctors how to react to pressure. The simulator will continuously put pressure on the doctors in order to improve their stress reactions as well as reduce the errors they make in their jobs.
Marietta Scanlon, associate professor in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State Berks, seconds that this technology can be used for training. She uses it in her teaching to acclimate students to the mechanical shop. She finds that it can minimize errors as well as teaches students proper protocols. She noted that mistakes are made when people react negatively to a stressful situation. She knows from experience that VR enables students to remember more of what they learned. When non-profits use VR technology to show prospective donors war torn countries, they raise 40% more in donations.
The future of these technologies is unclear. As Morris stated, “If it doesn’t have an ROI [Return on Investment], it’s not going to live.” The panelists know that this technology is engaging. Jackson sees it when kids take his VR sculpting and painting classes. The panelists reemphasized that the ability to communicate and work on a team are the most important skills, especially in the technology fields. The back-end hardware first has to catch up with the front-end software before more progress can be made with these technologies.