Inspired by a presentation on VR by Microsoft’s Principal Business Strategist and Architect, Jack generated a novel concept for humanitarian assistance in coastal disasters and forwarded the research results to the event organizer, Commander Zac Staples, Director of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Cyber Warfare.
“I’ve written a piece after attending a symposium held by the U.S. Navy and MIT focusing on new technologies for coastal disaster response. First, I learned that humanitarian “solutions” can sometimes bring their own problems and ongoing dialogue is essential to trustworthy disaster response. Second, a literature review revealed that evidence and consent are two essential drivers when introducing any new technology that claims to make people safer. I think the combination of new technologies mixed with personal experience will generate a lot of positive discussion in the environmental response and security spheres.” -Jack Whitacre, Cohort 2017