Mobile and social technology: they are, thus far, the defining feature of the 21st century. Emerging technologies such as Google’s “Project Glass” reveal that the future will be all about offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of relevant data on an individualized basis. In an instant, users will be able to access location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users.
This new world promises change, but it is not a world we must enter into blindly. In preparation, the Boston University College of Communication hosts “Living Inside Mobile Social Information,” an academic workshop that will draw upon existing evidence to aid in understanding these likely changes. Taking place on April 29-30, the workshop will bring together scholars in hopes of moving past casual speculation and instead drawing on systematic social-science based analyses.
In addition, there will be a free forum open to the public on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road. Titled “Small Wonder: An Exploration of Knowing Something about Anything,” the public session will feature Peppino Ortoleva, a professor at the Università di Torino, who will present “Homo ludicus on the move: The ubiquity of play and the fragmentation of time.” Professors from the University of Michigan Scott W. Campbell and Joseph Bayer as well as Rich Ling from the IT University of Copenhagen will present on “The case of the missing phone: Implications of Google Glass for the embeddedness of mobile communication.” Though no advanced registration is necessary, a sign-in will begin at 4:15 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
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