The Infinite Retina | Irena Cronin on The Artists of Data Science Podcast

On this episode of The Artists of Data Science, we get a chance to hear from Irena Cronin, the co-author of The Infinite Retina.

She currently serves as CEO of Infinite Retina, an organization which provides research and business strategy to help companies succeed in spatial computing. She gives insight into what sparked her interest into spatial computing, how she sees spatial computing influencing our world, and the potential data problems that will result from more spatial computing technology.

Irena shares with us what led her from leaving her career as an equity research analyst on Wall Street to working with AR/VR and other spatial computing tech. This episode is packed with interesting insights in our future, and I believe anyone listening will have something to ponder on!

Some notable segments from the show

[11:10] What makes us human, and how it related to spatial computing

[17:20] The four technical paradigm shifts

[28:56] How spatial computing and autonomous vehicles will shape our future

[43:12] Advice for women that want to break into tech

Where to listen to the show

Irena’s journey into spatial computing

[3:00] “This is a nascent kind of industry. It’s going to still take a while for it to develop, but that’s what makes it really awesome.”

Where is the field of spatial computing headed in 2–5 years?

[6:53] “Okay, so it’s been leaked Apple is going to come out with their headsets on 2020–2023… However, in two to five years, it should be going more mainstream, so regular everyday people will be able to access and use it. Additionally, I’m currently working with a company called Mojo Vision, which is working on an augmented contact lens. So this is another way you could integrate spatial computing into your world.”

Key takeaways from the episode

What is spatial computing?

Concerns of spatial computing

The four technical paradigm shifts

1) The desktop computer: everyday people begin using computers

2) Graphical interface: everyday people can now use interfaces without having a technical background. Example would be being able to print a document by clicking “print” rather than running a command to do so.

3) Mobile: phones become cell phones, and computers become laptops.

4) Spatial computing: combines all of the previous aspects and adds a third dimensionality.

Spatial computing and autonomous vehicles shaping our future

Being a woman in STEM

Memorable quotes

[16:59] “Technology…it’s always been a tool for us. But even more so with spatial computing.”

[43:12] “I’d say the most important thing you can ever do is to be extremely persistent, no matter what”

[44:42] “I think it’s extremely important to have professors and the students in a class, …take time to listen to everyone who wants to speak… and not let anyone monopolize that precious time.”

The one thing that Irena wants you to learn from her story

From the lightning round

Best advice

Saying on billboard

Advice to 18 year old self

Topic outside of data science we should study

Recommended book




Episode Transcript

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