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Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson as Chief Futurist

Magic Leap Hires Sci Fi Writer Neal Stephenson as Chief Futurist Hacked


Rony Abovitz, Founder, President and CEO of Magic Leap, said:

“Neal is a true visionary and the very first to conceptualize a social, virtual world in a coherent way. I am looking forward to his insights as Chief Futurist for the company, helping the team and I bring Magic Leap’s technology to the world.”

Stephenson said:

“[Snow Crash] has a lot to do with both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). When I wrote it, it seemed as though those technologies were just around the corner. In practice, it has taken longer than just about anyone expected to get that kind of tech consumer-ready. The devil has turned out to be in the details of satisfying the amazingly finicky human visual system. So it was in an appropriately skeptical frame of mind that, a few weeks later, [I got a VR demo] from Rony, the founder and CEO. Shortly thereafter, I agreed to become Magic Leap’s Chief Futurist.”

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First time I've heard of a Chief Futurist job. 

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