Humanity’s relationship with new technologies is rooted in two basic processes: preservation of our bodies as represented by healthcare, and enlightenment of our consciousness as represented by art. In this talk, Professor Marko Suvajdzic explores two symbiotic associations between emerging technologies and humanity’s efforts towards health and inspiration: Virtual Reality and its applications in healthcare; and blockchain technology and its role as a medium of Art, and an Art Market platform. For the healthcare component, Marko focuses on the Digital Rehabilitation Environment Augmenting Medical System (D.R.E.A.M.S) virtual reality system, which is aimed at reducing symptoms leading to delirium in ICUs; see a short trailer about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A2_ScKBquM
Marko Suvajdzic is a diverse thinker with 20+ years of achievement in academia and the creative digital research and production space. Marko’s experience includes projects ranging from artificial Intelligence-intensive video game titles for major industry publishers, to co-founding five of his own startups. Marko was the founder of the first department for Computer Arts and Design at the Academy of Art in Serbia, and is the founder and CEO of the multi-national game studio Organic to Digital (O2D.com). Currently, he is a researcher and the Associate director of Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. Marko has lectured internationally at schools and conferences in U.S.A., U.K., India, UAE, Serbia, China, Australia, Norway, and Japan.