The metaverse is a rapidly-advancing emerging technology eco-system with a complexity of parts, and a fluidly evolving techno-identity. Understanding how this set of technologies has already become intertwined in our everyday lives and how it will be even more so in the coming decade will be essential to how we, as a society, navigate the change that will be brought with it. This talk unpacks the metaverse concept, the transformation of human-computer interfaces, and advocates for a new approach to transforming everyday environments and the human relationship with the world around us with immersive smart spaces. It presents the merger of avatars, agent systems, and adaptive artificial intelligence assistants as the key to enhanced reality.
Prof. Alexis Morris is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Internet of Things, director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab, and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science (Digital Futures) at OCAD University. His mission is to transform the way we interact with information, each other, and the world around us through hybrid environments filled with hyper-connected virtual-physical objects, expressive and immersive IoT-avatars, and context-aware artificial intelligence assistants. Prof. Morris is currently leading a talented ACE Lab team of OCAD University students, local researchers, and collaborators in the design of mixed reality human-computer interfaces for the Internet-of-Things (IoT) – one of the pillars of exponential change connecting our physical and informational worlds. Prof. Morris is an interdisciplinary computer scientist, a passionate techno-optimistic futurist, and holds a Ph.D., from the University of New Brunswick, specializing in adaptive interfaces and context-awareness in smart environments. He hails from the Caribbean (Bahamas) and brings an eclectic perspective on how to enhance and uplift the human experience of living in the fast-approaching everyday metaverse ecosystem that is about to unfold before our very eyes.