Prof Helen Kennedy: What one thing would you change to make democracy and inclusion in public material and virtual spaces of reality and not just a fantasy?
Nina Salomons: Layers. More layers.
There’s, like a really awesome spatial audio technology from Israel, Noveto Systems. You look at a screen and you don’t put on any headphones and it tracks your eyes and you hear something just for you that no one else in the room can hear. It’s a trip. It’s really incredible. I am trying to use this as an example because it’s just for you in the same way as you put on glasses just for you.
If we had layers of like braille or big letters or audio implemented into layers in the same way as sign language on TV it’s accessible for everybody, information becomes 100% accessible. The way we communicate and everything that we have, it’s all about knowledge. It’s all about communication, that’s what makes us human.
The biggest struggle with 360 films is language, right? Like if you want to translate your experience to another, it’s so expensive. What if you could just create a plugin that would allow you as a developer or creator to speak and share your stories with anybody and everybody in every language and every single way automatically. That would democratize the metaverse. If you had layers, different layers for different forms of accessibility that you required with really intelligent experiences that are uniquely responsive to your own individual circumstances, etcetera. It’s really fascinating.
It’s all about connecting, really. It’s just about understanding. And that means diplomacy. My father was a diplomat and poetry, language, diplomacy, it’s all about how we communicate with each other. If you keep traveling and moving to different places and speaking to different people, different cultures, you can struggle to communicate. If you could communicate, there’s just so much beauty and connection there that people miss out on.