Telelife: The Future of Remote Living

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PubDate: Jul 2021

Teams: Osaka University;University of California;University of St. Gallen;University of Maryland;Texas A&M University;Massachusetts Institute of Technology;University College London;Nara Institute of Science and Technology;Augusta University

Writers: Jason Orlosky, Misha Sra, Kenan Bektaş, Huaishu Peng, Jeeeun Kim, Nataliya Kos’myna, Tobias Hollerer, Anthony Steed, Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Kaan Akşit

PDF: Telelife: The Future of Remote Living


In recent years, everyday activities such as work and socialization have steadily shifted to more remote and virtual settings. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the switch from physical to virtual has been accelerated, which has substantially affected various aspects of our lives, including business, education, commerce, healthcare, and personal life. This rapid and large-scale switch from in-person to remote interactions has revealed that our current technologies lack functionality and are limited in their ability to recreate interpersonal interactions. To help address these limitations in the future, we introduce “Telelife,” a vision for the near future that depicts the potential means to improve remote living better aligned with how we interact, live and work in the physical world. Telelife encompasses novel synergies of technologies and concepts such as digital twins, virtual prototyping, and attention and context-aware user interfaces with innovative hardware that can support ultrarealistic graphics, user state detection, and more. These ideas will guide the transformation of our daily lives and routines soon, targeting the year 2035. In addition, we identify opportunities across high-impact applications in domains related to this vision of Telelife. Along with a recent survey of relevant fields such as human-computer interaction, pervasive computing, and virtual reality, the directions outlined in this paper will guide future research on remote living.

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