Creativity Summit: Jaron Lanier in Conversation

Creativity Summit: Jaron Lanier in Conversation

Guests Expected

Scholar Jaron Lanier expected to attend.


The 2018 Creativity Summit at the SFFILM Festival foregrounds a suite of programming interrogating the intersection of film and technology—issues that reach into how technology impacts us and our ability to create and connect. Our speakers and panelists represent a breadth of perspectives drawn from the arts, academia, and technology. We are focusing this year's panels on discussions of "presence," or how technology broadly (and VR & AR in particular) is impacting artistic and cultural practice. The Summit's first presentation features an in-depth conversation between technology theorist Jaron Lanier and WIRED's Peter Rubin.

This is a free community event in partnership with WIRED. Advance registration is required.

Jaron Lanier is a quintessential multi-hyphenate. A computer scientist, author, and composer, his name is often associated with Virtual Reality research. He either coined or popularized the term 'Virtual Reality' and founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products, in the 1980s. One of most celebrated technology writers in the world, Lanier is known for charting a humanistic approach to technology appreciation and criticism.

Peter Rubin, senior editor at WIRED, oversees culture coverage in the magazine and online. His forthcoming book, Future Presence: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Human Connection, Intimacy, and the Limits of Ordinary Life, explores how we will use VR to form previously impossible relationships, explore new frontiers of intimacy, and how it will forever change human connection.

Film Details
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