Tom Furness is a “milestone” for all the people who work in the XR World.
I had the pleasure and the luck to meet him during the last AWE USA which was held in California in June 2023.
Tom as well as being a great professional, he is a great person also on a human level.
He is always smiling and available to answer anyone he meets. Around him there were always groups of people eager to know and learn. He reminds me of the great sages sitting around the fire who tell the younger generation about their life experiences, teaching them how to move forward.
Many thanks to Tom for taking the time to do this interview (and also for leaving the last part of the video with the “OFF AIR”!)
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BIO TOM FURNESS
For 57 years Tom Furness has been building interfaces between humans and machines that unlock human intelligence and link minds. This has led to the invention and development of what we know today as virtual and augmented reality.
Along with a few dozen inventions, his students and colleagues have spun off more than 25 companies working in the VR/AR space. Tom has also been fascinated with the interaction of light and matter and the whole subject of how we can use light, not only to communicate information to our senses, but also to probe the inner reaches of our bodies to assess health and well-being. During his journey he have worked with many wonderful people, students and colleagues, who have become good friends. Tom is excited about life and the future and want to help turn the hearts of the children into making the world a better place.
About the VIRTUAL WORLD SOCIETY
On June 1, 2023, the Virtual World Society convened a pioneering assembly of AR, VR, Web 3, AI, and XR experts at the AWE USA event to discuss the future trajectory of the XR industry. The key topic of discussion revolved around the industry’s path towards achieving “escape velocity” – an aspiration for AI-fueled spatial computing to reach the ubiquity of mobile phones and computing. These amazing people contributed: Alvin Graylin (VWS, HTC), Angelina Dayton (VWS), Avi Bar Zeev (RealityPrime), Damon Hernandez (Mixx Reality, XR Guild), Hugo Swart (Qualcomm), Jenna Seiden (Niantic), Jeri Ellsworth (Tilt 5), Leslie Shannon (Nokia), Linda Ricci (VWS), Nathan Pettyjohn (VRARA), Neil Trevett (Khronos Group, NVidia), Ori Inbar of (AWE), Philip Rosedale (High Fidelity, Second Life), Sophia Moshasha (VRARA), Tom Furness (VWS), Tony Parisi (Lamina 1), Dr. Yu Yuan (IEEE)
The following Conclusions arose from this meeting:
XR technology holds immense potential for enhancing user experiences and solving real-world problems. Educating stakeholders, emphasizing the creator economy, and addressing public concerns regarding the transaction layer of the metaverse (NFTs, blockchain) is pivotal for the metaverse’s success. Integrating AI into the metaverse offers synergistic benefits, with humans retaining their unique value and evolving alongside AI. By adopting a human-centric approach and prioritizing ethics, we can harness the transformative power of XR, the metaverse, and AI to enrich and elevate our human experience.
TOM FURNESS’S BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
The books and publications on XR World, written by Tom Furness there are so many…
You can find a list of titles of his books and publications at this link: Scholar Google Tom Furness
You can find more here: IEE Explore Tom Furness
Thanks Tom for all of this!
AWE USA 2023 – Spatial Computing for All: A Fireside Chat with the Virtual World Society
Here you can see Tom Furness’ talk during AWE USA 2023:
Being able to show the whole journey and the talks that Tom has done is almost impossible, but here you can see below some videos from Tom Furness’ past, always very current!
2016 – Proto Founders Award
2015 – 50 years of VR with Tom Furness: The Super Cockpit, Virtual Retinal Display, HIT Lab, & Virtual Word Society
2015 – AUGMENTED WORLD EXPO – Talk: Being the Future
2014 – Being the GRANFATHER of VIRTUAL REALITY
(it does not end here…)