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John Carmack talks about Turkey on and in VR at this year’s Meta Connect

John Carmack talks about Turkey on and in VR at this year's Meta Connect

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John Carmack’s VR lectures are famous for their honesty and ruthless reviews. At Connect 2022, Meta’s most prominent XR consultant probably won’t mince words either. This time he will speak in VR for the first time.

Developer legend John Carmack made a name for himself with his early 3D works such as Doom and Quake. Later, it laid the technical groundwork for the Kickstarter success of the Oculus Rift. He left his role as CTO of Oculus in 2019 to focus on the development of general artificial intelligence.

As a consultant, he still spends one day a week supporting the development of Meta’s virtual reality platforms. This includes the Meta Quest 2 or the upcoming Project Cambria helmet. Carmack is also expected to speak about the challenges of virtual reality at this year’s Connect event: in a tweet, he confirmed an unscripted talk he will give for the first time in virtual reality.

Carmack’s behind-the-scenes look at Meta’s metaverse strategy

“I don’t know how many other presenters do this, but my unscripted speech will be in VR this year!” Carmack declares on Twitter.

There is no specific date for Connect 2022 yet, but it should take place at the end of September and be announced in the coming days. Meta’s new VR headset, likely called Quest Pro, will be released in October.

At the same event last year, Carmack called for a higher perceived value for VR headsets. He said there were a lot of barely used Quest 2 headsets gathering dust in the closet. Carmack also discussed the potential of face and eye tracking for virtual reality – these features will play a big role in the upcoming Cambria project (also known as Quest Pro).

In early August, Carmack criticized the inefficiency of investments made by Reality Labs, the Metaverse division of Meta. Meta has invested ten billion US dollars in VR and AR research in 2021 alone: ​​a lot of capital that Carmack apparently sees as being put to suboptimal use.


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Meta’s future XR as a part-time job

Carmack’s AI startup Keen works with much smaller amounts: in August, the company raised $20 million from investors. According to Carmack, the external influx of funds is mainly for self-discipline.

The part-time job at Meta seems to have kept John Carmack busy more than he would have liked lately. Checking groups and Meta emails every day distracted him too much from AI development, Carmack said in another Twitter conversation. These days, Carmack simply puts his Meta laptop in the garage after work.

Sources: Jean Carmack (Twitter)


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