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18:30 - 20:00 8 April 2013
BEAMING: Science and Science Fiction
Beveridge Hall |
Malet Street | London | WC1E 7HU |
Admission: Free of charge, please book by email
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential
Mel Slater, ICREA-Research Professor at the University of Barcelona & Professor of Virtual Environments at UCL
Professor Farah Mendlesohn, Professor and Head of Department in the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University
Professor Gary Slapper,, Global Professor at New York University; Director of NYU London
At the current time BEAMING is largely unheard of outside a very small research community. It is essentially a next-generation telepresence technology, which brings together a variety of technologies in a coordinated manner (i.e. computer vision, augmented reality and virtual graphics), which can have a major influence on human senses so users think they are in another place. Although BEAMING is not yet available commercially, when it is, a person’s actions via BEAMING on the internet will be able to have physical consequences in another part of the world.
What is the relationship between science and science fiction? Can science fiction help shape and colour the aims of science? Does science fiction allow the general public to see what social problems might arise from impending scientific and technological breakthroughs?
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