Outdoor Science Talk 4 – Infinite Reality: The Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

Date(s) - Jul 28 2011
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Cantor Arts Center - Lawn Outside


Please join us for Stanford’s acclaimed Summer science lecture series on the lawn adjacent to Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center on four Thursday evenings. You are invited to come early and wander through the museum, and have dinner at the Art Center’s Cool Café or bring your own picnic. You can then settle on the lawn outside to hear informal lectures about cutting-edge research from four of Stanford’s most esteemed professors. All of the talks will be delivered in terms understandable to the general public. So bring your entire family (high school age and up) and enjoy!

The Outdoor Science Talks are sponsored by the Stanford Office of Science Outreach and Stanford Continuing Studies.

Outdoor Science Talk 4 – Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

In this talk, we take a journey through the universe of virtual reality, exploring what emerging techn? ologies and their applications have to say about humans. Virtual reality is an unbounded extension of humanity, and its latest forms will soon be seamlessly integrated into our lives. Advances in understanding how the brain works, combined with the explosion of immersive digital technology, can make fantasies such as “personality downloads” possible—meaning that your great-grandchildren would be able to have conversations with you in the future, all in a virtual setting that will be indistinguishable from reality. This is exciting for some and terrifying for many…and could be made available in just five years.

Jeremy Bailenson
Associate Professor of Communication; Founding Director, Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab

Jeremy Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenomenon of digital human representation, especially in the context of immersive virtual reality. He consults regularly for numerous government agencies on policy issues surrounding virtual reality. Bailenson received a PhD in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University.