JPMorgan hired a top technologist to lead AR and VR research

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JPMorgan is in the Metaverse. One day, an augmented reality version of Jamie Dimon could manifest in your living room.

The US investment bank has hired Blair MacIntyre, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as executive director and global head of augmented and virtual reality research and Internet of Things technology to work in its applied research group.

MacIntyre, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, was a former senior research scientist at Mozilla and the founder of the MacMynatt Group, which designs augmented and mixed reality interactive experiences. At Georgia Tech, he specialized in augmented reality from perceptual phenomena to games. MacIntyre wrote on his blog that he is also using AR to deal with the climate crisis.

He is part of Marco Pistoia’s team at JPMorgan. Pistoia, a former distinguished inventor at IBM, leads a team working on everything from AI to quantum computing to computer vision and speech recognition.

JPMorgan has also been busy hiring technologists to work on chatbot technology in California.

In a study published earlier this year, JPMorgan projected that the Metaverse will represent a $1 trillion annual revenue opportunity for years to come.

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