VR pioneer Jaron Lanier’s free talk @ NUS (3pm, 20th March)

Jaron Lanier

Although it’s hard to find publicity for this beyond a certain mailing list, there’s a free public lecture by Jaron Lanier at NUS on 20th March, 2007.

Organized by the Interactive & Digital Media Network (IDM) R&D Programme Office @ NUS, Jaron Lanier will talk about the future of virtual reality and interaction, which is increasingly important in a world where more time is spent in virtual environments. E.g. Second Life.

Who is Jaron Lanier?
According to Wikipedia, Lanier pioneered the term “Virtual Reality” (VR) in the early 1980s. At that time, he founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products. Since then he’s appeared in several documentaries, including the 1992 Danish television documentary Computerbilleder – udfordring til virkeligheden, the 1995 documentary Synthetic Pleasures, and the 2004 television documentary Rage Against the Machines. Lanier was credited as one of the miscellaneous crew for the 2002 film Minority Report. Lanier stated that his role was to help make up the gadgets and scenarios.

I’m planning to go with my video camera. If you’re interested, make sure to RSVP Ms Nurasyikin Mansor at elenm@nus.edu.sg or call 6516 7514 to register your attendance. Details of Jaron Lanier’s lecture can be seen in this image file.

Aside: Unlike the States, being in a small country like Singapore has its perks. It’s so easy to attend events like these!

Update 1: Crap, the event registration lady emailed me back to say that all the seats have been taken. Don’t they know who I am? I’m the Juggernaut *@&#!

Update 2: WTH. Friends who went said that there were empty seats and no registration counter. Thank you National University of Singapore. *shakes head*

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