Published November 7, 2023 | Version v1
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The Making of a Newspaper Interview in Virtual Reality: Realistic Avatars, Philosophy, and Sushi

  • 1. Event Lab, University of Barcelona
  • 2. ROR icon Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • 3. ROR icon University of Barcelona

Description

VR United is a virtual reality application that we have developed to support multiple people simultaneously interacting in the same environment. Each person is represented with a virtual body that looks like themselves. Such immersive shared environments have existed and been the subject of research for the past 30 years. Here, we demonstrate how VR United meets criteria for successful interaction, where a journalist from the Financial Times in London interviewed a professor in New York for two hours. The virtual location of the interview was a restaurant, in line with the series of interviews published as "Lunch with the FT." We show how the interview was successful, as a substitute for a physically present one. The article based on the interview was published in the Financial Times as normal for the series. We finally consider the future development of such systems, including some implications for immersive journalism.

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Funding

GuestXR – GuestXR: A Machine Learning Agent for Social Harmony in eXtended Reality 101017884
European Commission
MoTIVE – Moments in Time in Immersive Virtual Environments 742989
European Commission