Andre Elijah is an independent VR developer who recently launched Viewport Interactive working on branded experiences for car companies and beyond. We talk about the Elixir Quest Handracking demo that he tried at Oculus Connect 6, and how it shifted his sense of embodiment by having different representations of his hands. Elijah and I have also had a number of debates on Twitter over the years, and so we had a chance to come to a place of agreement between his desires for bootstrapping the industry and not unnecessarily slowing down adoption of VR while I’ve been advocating for deeper discussions around the ethical frameworks to be able to navigate the many moral dilemmas around privacy that are introduced with biometric data and the ability to capture a digital representation of the world around us. We explore the tensions between his economics of his pragmatism and the ethics of my idealism, and we were able to bury the hatchet and come to a place of understanding from our previous sniping at each other on social media.
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