Closing thought

Today I published a post on our Future Reality Lab blog about our winning the ACM/SIGGRAPH 2019 Best Art Paper Award. In this post I focus on a particular aspect of that paper.

Our work on that paper aimed to change the tone of the conversation about virtual reality experiences. With that goal in mind, the closing thought of our paper was inspired by that of another paper written many years earlier.

The last sentence of that paper by Watson and Crick described the double helix structure of DNA. It was the scientific equivalent of a mike drop:

“It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material.”

Here, by comparison, is the last sentence of our paper:

“It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing of co-located audiences and physically shared immersive virtual narrative immediately suggests a possible future path for the motion picture industry.”

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