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Some government officials and industry insiders are arguing that virtual reality, or computer-simulated reality, might turn the world upside-down in five years - and Korea should get prepared.

Representative from the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and experts in virtual reality, or VR, discussed technologies and the ways to find talent and train it at a forum at Seokyeong University in northern Seoul on Wednesday.

“It is a very urgent moment to develop tangible virtual reality technology and foster the younger generation,” said Choi Yong-suk, who heads the Tangible Virtual Reality Advancement Council, a government-affiliated research institute. “We need to work hard continuously in order to be competitive in the VR industry, which will become very important after 2020.”

“Our school opened a VR Future Fusion Center that trains talented students by allowing them to work with local companies to learn about various areas of the industry, such as broadcasting and medical services,” said Choi Young-chul, president of Seokyeong University.

“VR allows us to see, hear and feel a totally different world through our eyes, ears and bodies,” said Wi Won-sik, a director at Weesley & Company. “The market value of the sector will grow 30 times to $30 billion by 2020.

“We need to create an environment for professionals in various fields to get together and conduct joint research.”


BY KIM YOUNG-NAM [kim.youngnam@joongang.co.kr]

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