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18:30 - 20:00 8 April 2013

BEAMING: Science and Science Fiction


Beveridge Hall | Senate House (link Map)
Malet Street | London | WC1E 7HU |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge, please book by email
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

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?


Robert Pinkerton
academics@nyu.ac.uk | +44 (0)20 7907 3304


More information
Beaming website