During the February 2016 edition of the Virtual Futures Salon (in partnership with NERRI Project) we were introduced to Neurostimulation and the different new ways in which we are seeking to develop and change our brains to perform longer, better and in more fun ways. It seems that after centuries of evolution we are resorting to the technological developments rather than letting evolution take its course.
The 24th October 2012 saw the first of a series of Virtual Futures Salon events. This was a very sexy event: held in the TROVE gallery, a very Berlin-style disused warehouse right in the centre of the city, and showcasing some of the strangest and most avant-garde art and thought happening right now.
On Wednesday 29 June 2011, we were joined by Dr Dan O'Hara for a live chat, 'Understanding the Virtual'. Dr O'Hara was one of the organisers of the original Virtual Futures conferences and now lectures in English and American Literature at the University of Cologne. The chat centred around the subject of JG Ballard, the evolution of technology and skeuomorphs.
World renowned artist Stelarc recently returned to the University of Warwick, 16 years after appearing at Virtual Futures 1995. In his talk he discussed his experiences past, present and future including his current 'Ear On Arm' project. What is Stelarc's motivation? How does he deal with pain? What does he intend to do next?
Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick recently spoke at Virtual Futures 2.0'11. Within his talk he discussed the ideas of transhumanism and posthumanism. He reflects on the past and explains the potential directions in which humanity may move. How will we move forward in our evolution at a time of ever improving technology?
Professor Andy Miah, Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland, spoke recently at Virtual Futures 2011. Prof Miah worries that we are becoming too immersed in technology, adversely affecting our life outside it, but also believes the idea is that everyone is 'obsessed' with technology is false. Is the future virtual? Prof Miah shares his thoughts.