From April 24-25, 2014, UCLA Luskin will host a conference titled “Who Owns the Digital City?” The conference occurs at the outset of a larger focus at the School on emerging public policy issues in an increasingly digitally interconnected world.
Thursday night the conference will kick off with a keynote address by Jaron Lanier, named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for his work as a pioneering technologist and futurist. Credited with coining the term “virtual reality,” Lanier founded VPL Research, the first company offering products in that space, in the 1980s. Lanier went on to become the chief scientist of Advanced Network and Services and also served as the lead scientist of the National Tele-immersion Initiative.
Lanier has received honorary doctorates from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Franklin and Marshall College, is a recipient of the CMU Watson Award and the Lifetime Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and was named finalist for the Edge of Computation Award. Lanier is the author of “Who Owns the Future,” a book named by the New York Times as the most important book of 2013 and winner of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Goldsmith Book Prize for 2014.
The second day of the conference will host three main panels aimed at discussing the effects of the digital revolution. Speakers include academics and professionals in the information sciences, allowing participants to hear a wide range of perspectives on the digital revolution and its effects on urban and global issues.
Visit the event website to learn more and RSVP.