Rad Scientist Ep. 11: When The Virtual Becomes Reality
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Photo by Margot Wohl
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Gwendolyn Barriac spends her days inside a one-room spaceship at Qualcomm, coding.
This episode isn’t sci-fi, it's part of her job as a software engineer. Barriac is creating the software that’s going to allow for the next generation of virtual reality — VR that’ll let people step into infinite digital universes with just their smartphone and a headset. In order to do that, she enters the same VR experience — the spaceship — every day to work on glitches in her software.
In this music-filled episode, Barriac talks about her unique path from a music student breaking into buildings to play piano, to doctoral student, and then to an award-winning filmmaker. All of the music in this episode was composed by Barriac.
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