Assistant Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago
Field Philosopher and Designer of Videogames.
All Sessions by Bill Guschwan
Inspire - April 11th, 2018
Beauty: Augmented Reality and Truth
15:00 - 15:55
Augmented Reality is a new technological medium that is transforming the medical field, amongst others. The field of medicine will be transformed by the power of augmented reality to augment the truth of images. The notion of beauty as truth has been around since the ancient Greek philosophers, notably Plato. In this talk, we will revisit what Plato has to contribute to the conversation about how truth is best understood as beauty.
Currently, medical images such as X-rays and MRI data are static collections of pixels with no geometry and are usually displayed in 2 dimensions. In such a fixed form, medical doctors have to use their imagination to learn the complex 3d geometries of the body. This process takes years of study and also limits the field to those with the best imaginations.
Augmented reality with Microsoft’s Hololens and new algorithms allow the display of medical images as real-time interactive geometric objects. These interactive displays of the brain, for example, inspire awe and wonder at the sheer beauty of the human body. The affective embodied states inspired by beauty bring us closer to the truth of understanding the body, a reality foreseen by Plato.
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