There’s much more to virtual reality than gaming, as Improbable CEO Herman Narula explains in his DLD All Stars presentation. Running complex simulations in virtual worlds could bring many benefits to business, society and politics, he points out. And there’s hope of reducing polarization, too. “Games in virtual worlds tend to force cooperation in ways social media never can”, Narula argues. “They’re not echo chambers, they’re shared experiences.”
Herman Narula is the co-founder and CEO of Improbable. The London-based startup is creating SpatialOS, a platform that enables developers to build complex virtual simulations. Herman holds a computer science degree from Cambridge. He’s interested in exploring how virtual worlds can improve lifestyles and welfare worldwide, from cures to pandemics and the impact of the upcoming AI revolution, to global food security and more.