Savannah Niles

Savannah Niles

Savannah Niles is a designer and product strategist at Magic Leap, leading cross-functional teams to develop new paradigms for interaction, communication, and collaboration for a spatial computing operating system, the Lumin OS. She leads Shared Experiences, a suite of features and apps that support multi-user experiences across the platform, including Avatar Chat. She graduated in 2015 from the MIT Media Lab. Savannah has designed interactive experiences with Twitter, Walt Disney Imagineering, and Bloomberg. She's based in Miami.

Talk: An Age of Embodiment

"We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed." Michael Foucalt, "Of Other Spaces", 1984

Social media and social technology let us connect across distance. But while our screens contain our digital experiences, they also separate us from the real world while we have them. The ways we naturally socialize aren't heads down in a screen. Being social is inherently spatial— involving physical presence, show and tell, and hands on collaboration.

Spatial computing and mixed reality are unifying digital experience and the physical world. These platforms will change the way we connect across distance and enable new forms of presence.

But what is presence? Only a fraction of how we listen and communicate is through the things we say. The rest is through our tone, our body language, and the expressions on our face. The more embodied the communication medium is, the more presence we feel. Wearable Mixed Reality glasses such as Magic Leap One are capable of sensing human input like never before— transmitting our voices, gestures, gaze, expressions, locomotion, and proximity in real time to others far away. And what all of this gives us is the ability to embody new forms, and express ourselves in new ways.

In 2018, Magic Leap launched Avatar Chat, a new way for distant friends to communicate and collaborate with each other as if they were in the same room. Avatar embodiment is a fundamental feature of spatial computing, and is driving a paradigm shift in the way we connect and collaborate across distance— promising a simultaneity of the real and the unreal, of the near and the far. Being an Avatar will soon be an entirely new feeling we have every day, like others visiting our space and visiting their space at the same time, like being "there" while being here.

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Communication in the era of cyborgs & algorithms

We live in a time where our ways of communicating have changed dramatically in a very short time. Of course, this will not stop. With all new technology that will be embedded in our society and even in our bodies, we quickly move forward to a world where the outcome is still unknown.

What we do know is that this will open up a world where we will communicate in new ways, this will change how we communicate, offer services and live our day to day both in our physical and virtual life.

We believe that this year’ s Creative Summit will bring you insights that you can use when forecasting how both you and your organization will interact with both your fellow colleagues and clients in the future.

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