Virtual Reality Interfacing Reality: Exploring Emerging Trends Between Humans and Machines

The spontaneous growth of the World Wide Web over the past several years has resulted in a plethora of remote-controlled mechanical devices, all of them accessible from any networked computer in the world. This panel brought together a diverse collection of pioneers who are actively engaged in exploring future directions and implications of Internet-based robots and machinery in essence, the newly emerging human-machine interface. The panel discussed current and future applications of such technology and several extremely relevant social issues, including: cultural impact, human acceptance, interaction, authenticity, responsibility, privacy, and security.

Eric Paulos
University of California, Berkeley

John Canny
University of California, Berkeley

Eduardo Kac
University of Kentucky

Ken Goldberg
University of California, Berkeley

Mark Pauline
Survival Research Laboratories

Performance Artist