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Siva Vaidhyanathan - Welcome to the Metaverse at NISO Plus 2022

Welcome to the Metaverse: The Profound Consequences of a Science-Fiction Vision

When Facebook changed its corporate name to "Meta" in November 2021, it planted a flag as a leader in a widespread movement to generate a new sense of human-computer interaction — a new sense of human consciousness, in fact. The promise of this radical, new vision that combines artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and cryptography is immense. So are its threats to human flourishing. This talk will walk through the major elements and controversies of the movement toward a “metaverse,” and will outline the potential benefits and costs of living with such technology.

Sponsored by Cadmore Media

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Welcome to the Metaverse: The Profound Consequences of a Science-Fiction Vision
The NISO Plus conference brings people together from across the global information community to share updates and participate in conversations about our shared challenges and opportunities. The focus is on identifying concrete next steps to improve information flow and interoperability, and help solve existing and potential future problems. Please join us to help address the key issues facing our community of librarians, publishers, researchers, and more — today and tomorrow!
Dr. Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), Intellectual Property: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2017), and The Googlization of Everything -- and Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011). He is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.