It’s time for VR to change the world for good

 

On the 11th October, CEO Devi Kolli will be speaking in front of some truly remarkable women and men from around the world at the 2018 Ada Lovelace Festival. The event brings together business leaders and high-achieving professionals from a variety of industries and presents innovative ideas and ways of thinking to a diverse audience.

The Ada Lovelace Festival empowers speakers to start conversations, sharing the way they helped shape their organisations and how they’re influencing communities and industries alike. The event covers a variety of topics ranging from digital education to how technology solutions impact the world.

Devi will be speaking on saving lives and saving costs by implementing AI-embedded VR training simulations in healthcare. This talk gives an insightful glimpse into the training arm of our business, VRSims.

The power of VR

By employing VR within training – whether lower-skill or highly specialised, virtual reality can give anyone advanced, democratic tools to further their learning. Amongst its many advantages, VR has the potential to stimulate engagement, especially when used as an educational tool. The immersion made possible by entering an interactive, 3D virtual space enables experiential learning that is more natural to the way we learn in real life.

Controlled exposure to stressful situations

A powerful attribute of VR training is its ability to replicate emotional and physiological responses experienced in the real world. Joy, happiness, stress and anxiety alike can all be replicated. During immersive training, students can be repeatedly exposed to different scenarios, such as the intensity of a hospital operating room, but experienced from within the safe conditions of VR. According to research, over time this sort of training reduces the stress or fear of that specific environment.

A more memorable way of learning

Using VR as a training tool increases emotional response and improves memory retention much faster than traditional training or education. When a person feels the presence in a VR experience, they feel what is happening around them, rather than just passively observing it. The training becomes easily repeatable, scalable and minimizes distractions.

An example of this is the work we have done with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). By creating realistic medical environments and critical health scenarios in VR, medical students are able to learn and practice the skills they need to diagnose and treat a patient whilst being placed in stressful situations where with every decision, every second counts.

Focused learning

VR training provides many of the same benefits as training in a physical environment – without the risks that accompany real-life situations. Students also have freedom from distractions and are able to focus exclusively on what is happening in VR. Once their headset is on, they are fully immersed into their virtual world to train and learn, with the ability to remove their headset if a situation becomes too stressful.

Saving lives, saving costs

A big benefit of using VR is the major cost savings to be made by scaling this type of learning. It’s important to note that even in the specialist case of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, not only did the facility get improved training but also saved significantly on the cost of delivering that training.

The power of AI

Lead by our own Ada Lovelace, for eight years AiSolve has been bringing together virtual reality and artificial intelligence. This enables our VRSims platform to evolve and adapt to users. With Devi’s stewardship, VRSims has become part of what we as a company see as the future of immersive learning and training.

We are just at the beginning of this exciting journey. However, VR training and education has the potential to elevate into more industries as enterprises become more aware of the possibilities and affordability of these tools. Where traditional training lacks we have introduced a way to make it more impactful.

With the large number of benefits that come from using VR as a learning and training tool, it’s not so much a question of whether to use virtual reality, but when and how to use it for training.

The woman behind the tech

Having made her mark on what’s typically a male-driven industry, Devi has made a significant impact on the tech industry and the innovations she puts forward through AiSolve. From problem solving- to implementing tools that help further education, training and overall impacting diversity, she’s a role model to us here at AiSolve.

By having a woman leading the company, new and alternative perspectives are constantly introduced. Also, diversity has become normal and within the company this diversity creates an empathy for different demographics. It also enhances what we achieve through developing a human-centric platform.

Devi’s love of technology comes from wanting to develop something that delivers value when meaningfully applied within business to business partnerships. This is where VRSims has played a valuable role in creating highly effective training using technology.

Devi Kolli said: “My hope is that by implementing AI and VR within education and training, it will help provide the next generation of women and leaders the tools they need to make an even greater impact on our world.”

Devi will be speaking at 3.00pm in the Tech (cloud stage).  If you would like to learn more or for a demo at our head office, please contact our coordinator Ashleigh.benfield@aisolve.com.