Virtual Reality Book Club

I love starting the year with a fresh list of books to read. I like reading fiction but as I’ve gotten older I find myself gravitating to non-fiction. I like reading about people, events, and books evaluating history to see how we ended up where we are today. Some of my favorites are Bruce Lee: A Life, Devil in the White City, and Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Now we’re in the New Year and I have a new stack of books to make my way through – starting with Augmented Human Dr. Helen Papagiannis. I wouldn’t have picked it up if it weren’t for the VR Book Club put on by Lethbridge College and the Alberta Chapter of the VR/AR Association. I’m glad I did though.

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Top to Bottom: Augmented Human, Code Girls, Good to Great, Jackie Chan Never Grow Up

In Papagiannis’s introduction alone, she took me from impressed by augmented reality (AR) to re-thinking the usefulness of the tech. I love how she describes technology as something that should recede, “into the background so that we can engage in human moments.”

Ever since experiencing real-life applications of software in the enterprise I came to the philosophy that software shouldn’t make us think. It needs to be seamless in our processes of daily life. That’s what I liked about working in manufacturing execution systems. Robots, sensors, RFIDs, tags, and triggers, all came together to enhance the manufacturing floor. It freed operators and managers up to do more meaningful work because their work lives were enhanced by the technology. It didn’t work that smoothly all the time but when it did come together it was a beautiful thing.

I look forward to reading the rest of Augmented Human. I also look forward to the discussions in our VR book club (meeting in AltspaceVR). I’ll let you know my thoughts as well.

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Augmented Human by Helen Papagiannis

This post is part of the VR Book Club Series. This month we’re reading Augmented Human by Helen Papagiannis.

Read Part 2: Should We Be Augmented Human?

Join the Book Club on AltspaceVR.

Get Augmented Human.

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