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This Week In XR March 15th, 2024 ft. Laura Mingail, Advisor, and Matthew Niederhauser, director, SXSW

Charlie and Ted, having recovered from SXSW, are back in their respective man caves, while Rony is on cell, driving through Alabama. Our SXSW panel talk will be posted in three weeks but can be found right now on the SXSW site. After a brief overview of three AI funding stories, we turned our attention back to SXSW, but other topics intruded: the potential of a TikTok ban, social media algorithms, and the ongoing OpenAI copyright mess. Our guests this week are SXSW XR experience Jury Prize Winner, Matthew Niederhauser, co-director of The Golden Key. Also joining us is Laura Mingail, a former Entertainment One executive and consultant who has been advising SXSW on XR since its beginning. 


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