Life inside the bubble of a virtual reality world

Since the introduction of virtual reality (VR), technologists have struggled to design products and applications that draw users into digital worlds that are comparable to real-life experiences. As we progress towards the ability to tell stories by offering wholly immersive experiences for the user, we start to imagine what an entire industry devoted to the creation of virtual reality may look like in the near future. In this TEDxTalk, Ana Serrano extracts lessons learned from the explosion of the Internet over the past twenty years, and explains how these will help guide us in the creation of the virtual reality industry for the next twenty years. What can we learn from the way advertising and the public commons have changed online over time? How will this affect the VR world for the future? What risks does it present to the consumer? And how can we rectify it going forward? These are just a few of the thought-provoking questions she tackles during this talk.

Your Private Data Isn’t Yours — Maybe It Never Was

A gang of bad-ass cyberfeminists tear into the big question: Is there life after Snowden?

Ever since the NSA and other security services have effectively declared the internet a war zone, some people have been retreating from the digital world to protect their intimate spaces. Addie Wagenknecht, however, didn’t feel like hiding. Instead, the artist-in-residence at the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University invited some of the “baddest-ass ladies” across arts, design, engineering, science, and journalism to explore the role of the arts in the Post Snowden era.

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