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[RRE]Conference: Technological Visions

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Bob Hettinga

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Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 23:41:21 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Kearney <[email protected]
Subject: Technological Visions: Utopian and Dystopian Perspectives


Technological Visions: Utopian and Dystopian Perspectives

A USC Annenberg Center for Communication convened by the Annenberg
Schools for Communication, University of Southern California and the
University of Pennsylvania

November 6 and 7, 1998 Davidson Conference Center, University of
Southern California

Technological Visions: Utopian and Dystopian Perspectives will bring
together journalists, academics, cyberculture advocates,
policymakers, and science fiction visionaries to examine how
technologies have been envisioned throughout history and the social
impact of new technologies. The conference will explore ways of
considering contemporary new technologies in light of how new
technologies were represented and debated in the past. It intends to
address the ahistorical nature of the public discourse of new
technology and to encourage discussion across the boundaries of the
social realms of academic, media, and industry on the impact of new

Sherry Turkle, Professor of Sociology of Science at MIT and author
of Life on the Screen will give the keynote speech: Are the
discourses surrounding the Internet a better guide to social action
than those formulated in the early days of "old" technologies? Have
we learned anything from the successes and failures of past attempts
to predict what technology will do for us and to us?


The Problems and Potentials of Prediction
Privacy and Censorship
Communities of Place and Cyberspace
Media Discourse on New Technology
Technological Visions

Confirmed Participants:

John Perry Barlow, Lord Asa Briggs, Richard Chabran, Bob Cringely,
Wendy Grossman, Katie Hafner, Larry Irving, Peter Lyman, Carolyn
Marvin, David Nye, Mitchel Resnick, Romelia Salinas, Vivian
Sobchack, Lynn Spigel, Sherry Turkle, Langdon Winner, Philip

Conference Organizers: Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Marita Sturken,
Douglas Thomas, Annenberg School for Communication

Conference Information:

The conference is free and open to the public. It will be held at
the Davidson Conference Center on the USC campus in downtown Los
Angeles. The conference proceedings will be simulcast on the
Metamorphosis web site.

For further information and updated schedules: www.metamorph.org

For more information, contact:

Douglas Thomas
(213) 740-3937
[email protected]

Marita Sturken
(213) 740-3950
[email protected]

Paul Duguid
Social & Cultural Studies
University of California, Berkeley
[email protected]
Tel: 510 848 1843
Fax: 510 540 0347

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Robert A. Hettinga <mailto: [email protected]>
Philodox Financial Technology Evangelism <http://www.philodox.com/>
44 Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA
"... however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity,
[predicting the end of the world] has not been found agreeable to
experience." -- Edward Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'