#72: Jacquelyn Ford Morie on the history of VR, emotional experience mapping, military simulations, NASA isolation training, scent collar for VR, & creating the Holodeck

Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie was a co-founder of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) where she spent 13 years as a Sr. Research Scientist. She is also the founder and chief scientist of All These Worlds LLC.

JackiPortraitSmall-180x240Jacquelyn has been working in Virtual reality for over 25 years since 1989. She comes from an artist background where she found her medium was to create emotionally evocative virtual reality environments. Interestingly, she found that a majority of the VR experiences created before 2007 were created by women.

She covers a wide range of the history of virtual reality starting with Ivan Sutherland in the late 60s, the military simulations up into the 80s and 90s, and then up to today. She has done a number of VR experiments, and helped create a language for emotionally mapping a VR experience based upon biometric feedback. She also invented a scent collar in order to bring the emotional power of smell into immersive experiences.

Jacquelyn talks about a number of the different military training simulators that she’s worked on as well as some of the recent research into mindfulness training in virtual worlds and using social experiences with AI within VR to minimize the isolation of NASA astronauts on extended missions like going to Mars.

Overall, Jacquelyn has a wealth of information about virtual reality and has a very unique perspective about the history of VR considering that she’s been a part of it for the past 25 years. There’s some interesting connections to inspirations from sci-fi literature, and the reason why the military wanted USC’s ICT to be located in Hollywood and it’s connection to Star Trek and the creation of the Holodeck.

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