As we kick off 2020 and enter a fresh decade, we’re all thinking about what’s new and next. The tech world, in particular, tends to be a harbinger of what’s to come, with the Consumer Electronics Show making Las Vegas the epicenter of futurecasting every January.


But extended reality isn’t confined to the consumer experience (i.e. gaming and entertainment). Increasingly, this exciting technology is being applied to learning opportunities, with immersive experiences implemented in schools, hospitals, and workplaces to teach any number of skills, including soft skills that are becoming more important in today’s evolving workplace.


Each month, we’ll round up the top news stories that illustrate and highlight the changing VR landscape, as well as the role of diversity & inclusion practices, emotional intelligence, and human skills in our schools, our careers, and our lives.


Here’s January: 


Most people’s first experiences of VR and AR today are likely to be in gaming and entertainment. That’s likely to change, as research shows that the development of enterprise XR solutions is overtaking that on consumer solutions.”


From The 5 Biggest Virtual and Augmented Reality Trends in 2020 Everyone Should Know About | Forbes


“Diversity and inclusion are concepts that correlate to a company’s value and profitability, with growth in sales and earnings at diverse firms outperforming less diverse firms.”


From Diversity and inclusion aren’t just feel-good terms — they translate into profits | Crain’s New York


An emotional leader creates instability, but an emotionally intelligent leader creates understanding and promotes stability. The awareness and controlled application of one’s own emotions in relation to the emotional state of those they interact with is a pathway to empathy.”


From Emotional intelligence terms: Responsibility vs. accountability | The Enterprisers Project


It’s easy to internalize aggressive growth pressures, but here’s the thing: When people feel looked after and cared for, their performance skyrockets. That’s because the foundation of your business is built on empathy and compassion instead of conversion rates or getting to the top of TechCrunch.”


From How to Help Your Team Manage Soft Skills | Entrepreneur


Virtual reality has already made an imprint in art, gaming and even real estate, but it has only recently come to food. Some efforts use the technology to simulate real food: Project Nourished served scents, visuals and agar-agar to make diners think they were munching on real sushi. Restaurants have dabbled, too: Tree by Naked, in Tokyo, has paired virtual reality with a tasting menu to help viewers experience Japan’s seasons.


From Flavorful Bites in a Virtual Reality | The New York Times

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