Will the Virtual World Be Better than the Real One?

Monday 15 March at 7pm Will the Virtual World Be Better than the Real One? – Exploring Digital Lives, Identities and Environments Speakers: Olinkha Gustafson-Pearce, Abdul Sadka and Steve Dixon Our lives and interactions are becoming increasingly mediated by computers, but what are the benefits and are there serious dangers? Olinkha Gustafson- Pearce shows how people’s social, economic and educational lives can be transformed when they become avatars inhabiting ‘virtual worlds’ such as Second Life. Abdul Sadka explores the evolution of ‘mixed reality’ technologies and demonstrates how overlaying computer-generated content into the real world will have revolutionary impacts for industry and society. Steve Dixon argues that real and virtual worlds are gradually bleeding into one another, with serious implications for our ideas of identity, self, and even sanity. Booking and Times

All lectures are free and start at 7pm.

No booking necessary – just turn up.

Venue

Brunel University, in the Newton Room, Hamilton Centre

Parking

Free from 5pm in red areas on campus map. Enter via Kingston Lane entrance, press for Security at barriers, then park in a bay with a red dot.

How to Find Us

For maps and travel information: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/where

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/3/News/publiclectures2010.pdf

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