The Infinite Retina | Irena Cronin


July 30th, 2020

52 mins 15 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

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!


[4:09] Spatial computing is all the technology associated with bringing a 3D realm to it's users.

[8:15] Concerns of spatial computing

[17:20]The four technical paradigm shifts

[28:56] Spatial computing and autonomous vehicles shaping our future


[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."





[00:01:33] Introduction for our guest today

[00:02:52] How did you get to where you are today?

[00:04:02] What is spatial computing, and how is it different from regular computing?

[00:04:53] In what ways is spatial computing already a part of our daily lives?

[00:06:47] Where is spatial computing technology headed in the next two to five years?

[00:08:06] What do you think are some of the biggest concerns that society will face due to spatial computing technology in the next two to five years?

[00:10:51] What is the prime directive?

[00:13:04] How does spatial computing play into meeting that prime directive?

[00:14:35] How will spatial computing change what it means to be human?

[00:17:07] What is the fourth paradigm?

[00:20:08] What's the intersection between spatial computing and artificial intelligence look like?

[00:21:29] Voice first technology, spatial computing, and the prime directive.

[00:24:42] Can AI create a government for itself?

[00:28:36] How will spatial computing and autonomous vehicles help shape cities of the future?

[00:31:02] Can you talk to us a bit about what Data bubbles are and what they have to do with the cities of the future.

[00:33:24] Concerns that local municipalities are having with the use of this spatial computing technology.

[00:39:39] How spatial computing will change the way we attend live events in a COVID world

[00:42:55] Advice for women who are in STEM fields

[00:44:07] How can we foster the inclusion of women in Data science, in AI, and in STEM?

[00:46:08] What's the one thing you want people to learn from your story?

[00:46:38] The lightning round

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