Virtual Reality pioneer Jaron Lanier will lecture on "The Future of Humanism in a Technological Society," Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The lecture will take place in the UH Architecture Theater in the Architecture Building, and will be webcast live by WorldLink Corp. of Houston.
Best known for coining the term "virtual reality" and for his subsequent work in the field, Lanier founded the first VR company and was the first to propose and implement VR networking. He also co-invented fundamental VR technologies, such as interface gloves.
Lanier serves as the lead scientist of the National Tele-immersion Initiative, a coalition of universities studying environmental applications of the Internet.
Lanier's paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. In 1994 he directed the film "Muzork." His 1983 "Moondust" is generally regarded as the first art video game and the first interactive music publication.
Lanier's lecture will be webcast at
wl.net/jaron. For more information, call Professor David Donnelly at 713-743-2865.