Promising uses of A/VR in education, training, and on-the-job performance are limitless. These technologies when combined with smart software can provide a literally unbounded amplification of human capabilities in ways that we can barely conceive today. Think of a low-skilled worker able to perform a sophisticated automotive maintenance task on his first day on the job when he dons the repair shop’s AR headset, and the computer leads him through the work sequence, showing and telling him exactly what to do in which order.
So the future economic growth for our community is bright if we can attract the right kind of people and funding to staff and launch the ERC’s Green Screen Institute. Nevertheless, we have significant problems to overcome. These include our ingrained NIMBY attitude toward developments like housing and commercial spaces, our poor educational system that underperforms in STEM subjects, and a reputation as a remote rural community that is visibly permissive of drug abuse and indigent living. These are all the things that entrepreneurs and venture capitalists will also consider as they admire the natural beauty and off-the-beaten-path lifestyles of Nevada County.
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