interesting Nov. 29 event

This looks interesting. I’m forwarding this announcement from Henrik Bennetson of the Stanford Humanities Lab. There are a lot of links, but I’ve highlighted in red the Sl location. The speaker and topic should be of interest to scholars interested in emerging technologies:

For our second Metaverse Meetup we are truly please to present Jamais Cascio one the authors of the Metaverse Roadmap. Our first meetup turned out to be very well attended by some very interesting people both at Stanford and in Second Life. We know we have an interesting speaker and topic for this second event and once again will open the floor for some nice and geeky conversation afterwards, so please come join us.

The man: Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies and cultural transformation, focusing on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking. His work regularly appears both in print and online, and he has spoken around the world on issues such as the global environment, technological transformation, and political change. In 2003, Cascio co-founded WorldChanging.com , the Utne Independent Press Award-winning website identifying models, tools, and ideas for building a “bright green” future. In March, 2006, he started OpenTheFuture.com as his online home. Cascio presently serves as a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future, as the Director of Impacts Analysis for The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology, and as a founding fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

  • The talk: The Metaverse — what does it include, where is it going, and how will it change our lives? Based on my work for the Metaverse Roadmap Overview, I’ll look both at the underlying technologies of the Metaverse and at the social, cultural and economic impacts it could have.
  • When: Thursday, November 29th 2007 from 6pm to 7:30pm PST/SLT
  • Where: Wallenberg Hall, Stanford University and at Spaceport Bravo in Second Life courtesy of the excellent ISM

A few more bullets for good measure:

  • Feel very free to forward this email or blog about this.
  • RSVP is voluntary but appreciated [This is probably for the RL meeting]
  • Write me (Henrik Bennetsen – hbe@stanford.edu) if you have any questions.
  • The next of these events has not been scheduled as of yet, but feel very free to suggest speakers or topics
  • The Stanford Humanities Lab is delighted to welcome MediaX as cosponsor for this event

I hope to see you there,

Henrik Bennetsen
Stanford Humanities Lab

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