Congress passed CHIPS and the Science Act Thursday could see billions of dollars in new research funding, exciting scientists and experts in cutting-edge fields like quantum computing, AI, and robotics.
One unexpected aspect of the bill is that it directed the National Science Foundation to study “immersive technology.” It’s an umbrella term for the type of virtual and augmented reality expected to underlie the Metaverse. including it XR Associationn, a trade association of virtual and augmented reality technology companies founded by giants such as Google, Microsoft and Oculus, lobbied Congress to add it.
Exactly this particular bill actually will you do Encouraging such things is not yet defined at this time. “Immersive technology” is one of the 10 items listed as “key technology focus areas” in the bill, and NSF will invest some of his $200 billion that the bill authorizes (of course , once appropriated).
To see where that money could flow into the VR research ecosystem, it’s helpful to look at past government investments and experimentation with the technology.
2018 Deloitte published a note How ever-underfunded government agencies, whether training first responders for hazardous situations, maintaining and analyzing infrastructure, or bringing VR to public classrooms, can benefit from virtual reality technology is explained. (The Department of Defense is also on board with this action, and the Army almost $22 billion contract To use the HoloLens AR headset. )
All of these applications sound exciting, but they pose considerable hurdles to widespread adoption. One is that the actual technology in question is still in a very early stage and we don’t have such data yet. A user experience that usually justifies such a large investment.
Even giants like Meta have seemingly unlimited funds to inject into their VR headsets, but they still suffer from motion sickness and usability issues.The military boosted his Microsoft’s rollout of his HoloLens, and in April he was appointed inspector general of the DoD. published the report He said it was not yet clear whether there would be enough soldier buy-in to justify the investment.
NSF’s research boost could help with that, Said Nick Maynard, co-founder and CEO of US Ignite, a public-private technology organization, and former program director of NSF. In recent years, the foundation has invested heavily in applied research aimed at transforming VR from a pipe dream into a widely useful tool.
“Now that they have this technology, they will be more focused on how they can use it to solve the challenges facing the country,” said Maynard. increase. “It’s not about the technology itself, it’s about how to create a path to implement it.”
VR and XR are currently all the rage due to extravagant promises by Metaverse entrepreneurs, but in fact the CHIPS Act does not mention the name of the Metaverse.When Joan O’HaraXRA’s vice president of public policy discreetly distanced her. Discussions about funding the organization From consumer promises of companies like Meta.
“If it’s primarily used to hang out with friends and shop virtually, that’s not where the US needs to spend money,” she said. We believe immersive technology is an important part of that ecosystem.”
CHIPS and the passage of scientific law It may be a rare, bipartisan, warm-and-ambiguous win on the Hill, but is there really government intervention in the industry? work??
Well, maybe. Sometimes. In his POLITICO Magazine today, Bob Davis, a business veteran with a wealth of sources, is a veteran of his journalism. Some of the US government’s previous interventionsThis includes notable failures such as “‘clean coal’, nuclear reactors using recycled plutonium, nuclear fusion, synthetic fuels, and decades-long efforts to create supersonic commercial jets.”
However, when it comes to chips, Davis is a little more optimistic.We have existing capacity and momentum Efforts so far It started during the Trump administration, Davis said.And senior Biden administration officials look back at public-private partnerships launched under George H.W. Bush called Sematechhas “paid a fair dividend” to make the US competitive with early chips in the PC era.
Porn has fueled technological progress for decades, centuries, and now companies are betting that Web3 can do the same — “AdultDAO” is a token-controlled “adult production company” that, in addition to old-school 2D porn, will at some point produce “fully immersive We are committed to providing Metaverse AR. /VR based content.
Like most other DAOs, or Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, by purchasing the “$ADULT” cryptocurrency, you acquire a stake in the AdultDAO, gaining both its value and a say in how the company operates. (yes you can read them Click here for the white paper.)
The company’s benefits of running certain businesses on the blockchain are reminiscent of the early days of Bitcoin. At the time, it was mostly used for transactions where people preferred to stay off the official books, regardless of their legal status. Better anonymity and independence. Above all from the Visa/Mastercard system with all the nasty regulations.
America still has a lot Law Ambient adult content, of course. And when someone “chained” almost inevitably clashes with them, it’s between the Web3 alternatives and the ones that still rule the world the rest of us live in. It marks another milestone in the ongoing stress test.
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