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Where is the World Wide Web going? Experts weigh in on future possibilities



The future of the World Wide Web will be the focus of a UC Irvine conference titled “Event Webs: Constructs, Connections, Causalities.” Distinguished experts in literature, cognition, religion, history and culture will look at the possibilities of a new kind of Web – one that is based more on experiences and events than on information – that will be easier to understand and more accessible to people around the world.

Human understanding of history, science, culture and personal experience suggests that events are a central organizing concept. “Event Webs” will look at how humans combine the conceptual power of events with the structural strengths of the World Wide Web.
DATE: Friday, May 9, 2008
TIME: 8:15-8:45 a.m., continental breakfast; 8:45-11:30 a.m. and 1:15-5 p.m., conference
LOCATION: Calit2 Auditorium (Bldg. 325 on campus map)


Participants include:

Donald Hoffman, professor of cognitive sciences, UC Irvine
Ramesh Jain, Donald Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
Lewis Lancaster, professor emeritus of East Asian literature, UC Berkeley; founder and director of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative
Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies, UC Irvine
Ruth Mostern, assistant professor of history, UC Merced
Ryan Shaw, doctoral student, UC Berkeley School of Information
Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature; director of the International Center for Writing and Translation, UC Irvine

The event is co-sponsored by HumaniTech®, Network and Academic Computing Services, the International Center for Writing and Translation, and the Humanities Center.


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