Immersive Information Spaces
June 5, 2017, 3PM
Knowledge work in the digital age has a strong focus on symbols, logics, ontologies and other semantic structures, techniques, and algorithms. These tools provide very flexible and precise means for storing and manipulating knowledge. However, dealing with such abstractions requires a specifically educated and trained brain. Humans primarily live in a three-dimensional, multi-modal world. Today, however, huge parts of our world are represented digitally. And there are only tiny windows (smartphones, tablets, computers) with very restricted interfaces, that allow us to participate in this digital part of the world. Virtual and augmented reality techniques are going to change that. Augmented reality has the power to blend digital information and real world objects, and by this providing digital information with an appearance, a location, and even with means to manipulate these information by manual actions. Virtual reality goes beyond that. It allows us to create and explore locations beyond what is possible in reality. Our vision is to create immersive information spaces which would allow humans to interact with digital knowledge in a multi-modal, multi-sensory manner. This would allow us to make better use of our nature-given and culturally-grounded capabilities for the interaction with digital information.