February 20th, 2005


Listening to the Future

I just got back from a long walk -- I stayed out longer than usual so I could finish listening to the conference session between Will Wright ("The Sims" creator) and Jaron Lanier (virtual reality pioneer) that's posted at IT Conversations.

There's not one major topic here, just a collection of explorations on topics ranging from the educational crisis, how children learn, the importance of play, online relationships, and why diverse cultures value social programs less. They're both really smart people with a lot of experience in how digital environments mediate our interactions, and they're thinking a lot about what the future's going to look like. Highly recommended.