This workshop will be held online over two half days on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18th of October, 2020 at 15:00 – 19:00 UTC .

Tentative Program

Day One

Participants introductions
Keynote: Julian Bleecker – Creating Sci-Fi Design Fiction
Design Fiction World Cafe Task
Day Summary

Day Two

Day 2 Introduction
Keynote: Jaron Lanier – Thinking Critically and Challenging Technology
Critical Perspective Task
Show and Tell
Moderated Discussion and Forming Initial Recommendations
Closing and Summary

Julian Bleecker

Julian Bleecker (PhD) is a researcher, product designer-engineer. He has been a professor at the University of Southern California, and a designer-engineer at Nokia’s Advanced Design Studio. He is presently founder and CTO at Omata, Inc., a product design company that has developed a modern analog-mechanical computer. As part of a team he creates the TBD catalog a design fiction printed book about a normal, ordinary everyday near future. 

Jaron Lanier

Jaron Lanier coined the terms Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality – and had the first VR startup, manufacturing VR headsets and gloves for the first time, and creating the first surgical simulators, vehicle prototyping, and other apps – all in his youth back in the 1980s.  In the 1990s he was chief scientist for Internet2 (the academic consortium charged with making sure the internet would scale) and then of the first company to do AI processing of faces, such as changing identities or adding ornaments; that company went to Google, alas.  He’s also known as a constructive critic of technology.  He was concerned about how the internet was turning out from way back before it was popular to do that; has written a number of bestselling books on the topic.  Plenty of awards and accolades, including an IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the German Peace Prize for Books, one of the highest literary honors, and multiple honorary PhDs.  In 2018, Wired named Jaron one of the 25 most influential figures in tech from the previous 25 years.  Jaron’s also a musician specializing in unusual and obscure instruments; in the last year, he played with Sara Bareilles and T Bone Burnett on a #1 single, appeared on Colbert playing with Jon Batiste, and collaborated with Philip Glass. Officially, Jaron is Microsoft’s “Octopus”, which stands for Office of the Chief Technology Officer Prime Unifying Scientist.

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