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Given the choice, people prefer to engage in activities that involve the physical presence of other people, whether those activities be collaborating on a project, seeing a movie or play, going to a music concert or museum, dining at a restaurant, watching sports, or just chatting over coffee.

The NYU Future Reality explores how people will use future mixed reality technologies to better communicate and interact with each other when they are in the same physical space. Doing this right involves great technical challenges, but also great potential benefits.

In our optimistic view, the future can be a place where language itself will eventually take on new and rich visual dimensions, a sort of combination of Harry Potter and Harold and the Purple Crayon.