Recapping the Data Governance Winter Conference and looking ahead to 2018 governance trends

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The 2017 Data Governance Winter Conference on 4 - 8 December covered topics ranging from how to start a data governance program to attaining data governance maturity to how to improve your organization’s information quality.

HTC & Shenzhen Government Team Up for $160 Million Investment Fund

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But today the company announced a brand new investment fund of some $160 million in a joint venture between HTC and the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government. The post HTC & Shenzhen Government Team Up for $160 Million Investment Fund appeared first on Road to VR.

Niantic Partners with City Governments to Turn Pokémon GO into a Tool for Community Engagement

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A new study published by American University demonstrates how Pokémon GO and other augmented reality games can help city governments bring communities closer together.

Tim Sweeney Warns VR Could Make Tech Companies ‘More Powerful Than Any Government’

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” During his address on stage, Sweeney urged the audience to consider that, “if we ever allow one company to own the meta-verse, then that company would have more power than any government that has ever existed.”

Experts set to meet with fed government about need for VR.

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Experts set to meet with fed government about need for VR ethics, more research Virtual worlds are coming for humanity and a group of researchers and technologists wants to make sure we’re ready when they arrive. experts government regulation vr mr lab future

Oculus Go + Open Questions Around Facebook, Privacy, Free Speech, & Virtual Governance

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The Oculus Venues will be treated as public spaces that will be governed by Oculus’ updated Terms of Service that has a code of conduct to ensure safe online spaces. What is their plan for virtual governance?

HTC Partners on $1.5 Billion VR Investment Fund with Shenzhen Municipal Government

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HTC and the Shenzhen Municipal Government announced plans to set up a joint China VR Research Institute, creating a 10 billion RMB (~$1.45 This groundwork lead to the recent announcement, that HTC has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Shenzhen Municipal Government. Cher Wang, Chairwoman of HTC, said in the announcement “It is a great honor for us to enter into the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Shenzhen Municipal Government.

Government Divisions to Use VR for Training, Hiring, & More via @ReadWrite.

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Government Divisions to Use VR for Training, Hiring, & More via @ReadWrite [link] [link] — allthingsvr (@allthingsvr) October 26, 2017. virtual reality augmented reality vr ar

Improving The Reality Of Government: AR And VR Use Cases

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Since Mobile World Congress, where the reality on the show floor was often either virtual or augmented, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the practical uses of AR and VR – particularly in government and a smart city context.

UAE: Boosting Government Performance With AI

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The UAE Artificial Intelligence strategy was launched to boost government performanc e, the rate of accomplishing achievements. This strategy represents the post-smart government phase, and it will be relied on by various future services, sectors and infrastructure projects.”. The UAE is one of the most prepared countries in the region to adopt AI technology because the government has already built a thorough technology infrastructure over the past two decades.

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Augmented Reality App Turns The $1 Dollar Bill into Tour of The White House

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The possibilities that come from mixing the virtual world with our own reality are endless and it’s beyond thrilling to see this budding industry get such massive support from entertainment properties and the federal government. News Augmented Reality Education Government White House

Undaunted by Government Warning, Drone Pilots Capture China in 360 Images

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It seems that drone lovers don't care much about what the big government has to say. Fed up with drones causing flight incidents, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) introduced a tighter drone regulation on May 16th, 2017.

You can now take a virtual reality tour of the White House

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Archive gear vr government oculus oculus rift President Obama virtual reality vrIf you’ve always wanted to tour the White House but never managed to make it out to Washington DC, then we’ve got some good news for you.

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VR used to educate on Australian bushfires

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Education News Virtual Reality (VR) VR World 4K VR Australia Bushfires Government Vic Emergency VR VR Education VR SafetyIn Australia, authorities have released a VR experience designed to educate citizens about the dangers of bushfires. “Bushfires”, for the non-Aussies out there, are essentially just wildfires.

Meta Company's Funding Fallout Followed by Furloughs, Report Says

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The Chinese government sent an official request to our lead investor to re-evaluate the deal based on the recent actions from the Trump administration," Gribetz told Bloomberg.

China’s Jiangxi Province Promises to Invest $460 Million in AR/VR

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Aiming to become a hub for AR and VR development, the government of China’s Jiangxi province says it plans to raise funds totalling $460 million to be invested into AR and VR companies.

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'USA Today' Turns to Augmented Reality to Tell the Story of Corruption in Chicago

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The podcast's first episode focuses on how municipal government, organized crime, and federal authorities conspired to dump trash in a vacant lot of Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.

New Magic Leap Images Appear as Saudi Prince Gets Demo from CEO Rony Abovitz

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It turns out that the government of Saudi Arabia has managed to do something last month's Game Developers Conference couldn't — give us a few new glimpses of the Magic Leap One being worn by someone other than Shaq.

HaptX Launches Enterprise-focused Haptic Gloves Dev Kit

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While the setup is admittedly not ideal for consumers at the moment, the company has remained steadfast in their market segment, appealing to industrial and government organizations which can deploy training solutions with the aim of transferring skills learned in VR to the workplace.

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Oculus Launches Referral Program, Free Store Credit When a Friend Buys Rift or Go

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Here’s the full rules governing Store credit. As the adage goes, the more, the merrier. Oculus is taking it to heart this holiday season in the US with its new referral program that could net you, and up to three friends significant savings on hardware and content.

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Expert View: Immersive Technology Investment Boosting Creativity

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How the UK government’s multi-million-pound investment will help the storytellers of tomorrow. The growth in VR/AR sector is set to increase following a new deal between the UK Government and the Creative Industries Council (CIC) to invest £33m in immersive technologies Click To Tweet.

An enterprising techie used HoloLens to circumvent the US ban on.

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Microsoft Wins $480M Defense Contract to Provide U.S. Army with AR Headsets

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HoloLens is however certified for use as basic protective eyewear, now sporting an IP50 rating for dust protection, and can also integrate into a purpose-built hard hats and helmets, making it an ideal candidate for a consumer device retrofitted with government-supplied kit.

Meta Forced to Furlough After Chinese Lead Backs Out of New Investment

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Meta claims that the Chinese government urged the investment firm to reconsider the deal following trade tensions brought on by the Trump administration.

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Ecuador Is Launching A VR Training Program Supported By The World Bank

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The project is in partnership with Ecuadorian Government Officials the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, the Secretary of the Senescyt (Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation) and the President of the Chamber of Industries and Production.

VR Headset Makers Buddy Up to form VR Association

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While seeking to educate consumers, governments, and industry about VR’s potential, the association wants to get ahead of challenges with developing and deploying the technology responsibly. There are several top players in the world of VR, all doing their own thing.

AR+VR Weekly: Mobile AR top platform, HoloLens wins the Army and the massive opportunity of enterprise AR

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UK Government issues £72 million investment in new Core Innovation Hub to bolster VR and other tech to make UK world leader in construction ( Gov.uk ). Catch up on the latest XR highlights, funding news & launch announcements: Week of Dec 3. Source: Microsoft HoloLens. By Tom Emrich.

PlayStation Awards Honors 3 Top Titles for Helping Sell PSVR in Asia

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The world’s first racing experience to be built from the ground up to bring global, online competitions sanctioned by the highest governing body of international motorsports, the FIA (Federation International Automobile).

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Putting Education at the Heart of EdTech

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To meet the UN’s sustainable development goals, Governments need to recruit 69 million new teachers, but training quality educators is something that has eluded successive governments around the world.

Vancouver Emerging As Top Five VR and AR Hub

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” “As I’ve been getting to know the region and its opportunities, I’ve been talking to the provincial government about two aspects,” DeMiroz continues. Our local government is beginning to appreciate it, as are big enterprise organizations like Microsoft.

Oculus Is Collecting a Scary Amount of Data for Facebook

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The highly anticipated VR headset hasn't been on the market long, but there's an issue that has some consumers, and even government officials, concerned about the Oculus Rift.

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HaptX Gloves Will Help Transform VR Training and Design

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Industrial and government organizations can deploy virtual training solutions that build real muscle memory, providing a safe, cost-effective, and flexible alternative to live training.”. Reach out and touch a rain cloud.

Now You Can Have ‘Dolphin-Assisted Therapy’ in VR

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The Dutch government provided a 50,000 euro ($59,000) grant to develop the waterproof VR goggles, which contain a Samsung smartphone mounted on a 3D-printed rig made of recycled plastic. Dolphins meet virtual reality.

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‘Archangel’ is a High-Intensity Mech Shooter Coming First to PSVR, Here’s the Trailer

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Selected by the United States Free Forces to pilot a one-of-a-kind mech, you lead your squadron into battle against HUMNX, a private conglomerate that’s taken the reigns of power in absence of the now disbanded US government.

‘Decentraland’ – Using Ethereum Blockchain ICO to Sell Virtual Real Estate

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They’ll be using using other blockchain technologies like district0x for secondary markets for reselling land, Aragon for distributed governance, uPort for self-sovereign identity, Ethereum Name Service for human readable names.

U.S. Olympic Athletes Are Using Virtual Reality to Train for Events

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Ski & Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, announced a partnership with Menlo Park-based STRIVR Labs to use VR to help prepare for and recover from World Cup and Olympic events.

AR Glasses For Diabetics: Magic Leap Considers ‘Glucose Monitoring’ Eyewear

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K’Watch, a smartwatch currently awaiting government approval that can monitor glucose levels without taking blood. The glasses of the future might watch your glucose levels.

China Introduces AI-Powered Virtual News Anchor

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China’s VR news anchor is here and able to deliver the news 24/7 in a professional manner. The well-dressed VR anchor, based on a real-life Xinhua state news anchor named Zhang Zhao, gets its data from a non-stop stream of information typed into his system.

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Why Israel Is A Hotbed For The AR Industry

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The Israeli armed forces are considered one of the most efficient in the world because of the government’s continuous investment in cutting-edge tech R&D. Government and Venture investment.

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A VR City Experience Offers Businesses A Glimpse Into A Disruptive Future

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Since the event more than 100 people have been guided through the experience, including clients in banking, transport, local government and the public sector. Global consultancy company PwC launches a VR experience to help organizations navigate disruption.

China’s Largest Messaging App ‘WeChat’ is Creating its Own AR Platform

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WeChat, known in China as the app that offers everything from messaging to a ubiquitous payment service, is getting its own augmented reality framework; at over 963 million active users, the popular Chinese app could put AR in the hands (and minds) in more than just the mobile tech savvy.

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U.S. Army Chooses Microsoft’s HoloLens For $480 Million Contract

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“Current and future battles will be fought with small distributed formations in urban and subterranean environments where current capabilities are not sufficient, a recognized training capability gap the Government has sought to fill since 2009. The United States Army awarded a $480 million contract to Microsoft that will equip military personnel with prototype versions of HoloLens intended to increase “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness.”

Solving the Housing Crisis with Tech

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If the country is to meet its target of building 300,000 new homes each year, the industry cannot rely on government initiatives alone. VR is being used to design more cost effective homes and developments. The U.K.