Charlie Fink (Metaverse) on a World Painted with Data and Running Through the Tape (Part 2)

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The Guest

Charlie Fink has spent 35 years at the bleeding edge of the intersection between entertainment and technology. He was a VP of Creative Development at Disney, where he created the concept for the Lion King. He went on to be the COO at Virtual World Entertainment in the early 90s, which was the first company to bring VR experiences to retail locations across the world - what we call today, location-based VR. 

Charlie was later Chief Creative Officer at AOL studios during their rise to dominance, where he launched a number of brands including the Motley Fool and Love@AOL. In 1999, Charlie started a company providing email newsletters, which was acquired by American Greetings Interactive. Charlie then took over as President and Chief Creative Officer and drove one of the most popular websites at the time to profitability and success.

More recently, Charlie has been focused on VR & AR as an author and columnist, and he recently published Charlie Fink’s Metaverse - a guide to what’s happen in the space today.

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The Conversation

In this, the second part of our conversation, Charlie and I dig into Augmented Reality. We discuss the camera as the new primary input device, the use of blockchain in AR, and the AR Cloud. We get into the need for common data formats and smart filters to make all of the information sharing and consumption more manageable.

Charlie also reflects on the downsides of retiring early, and what advice he’d give his 25-year-old self. The answer surprised me.

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