Monday Feb 28, 12PM SL/PST Metanomics: Cont’d, Cyborg to Borg with Michael Chorost

Are We Of One Mind?: Robert Bloomfield welcomes Michael Chorost once again

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The discussion during Michael’s last visit centered on his book, Re-Built and his experience of receiving a cochlear implant. As a science writer, he knew how the implant worked, yet it was a fascinating journey to share his experience of stepping up to Cyborg status, utilizing lines of code and an implanted physical device to regain the ability to hear. His new book, World Wide Mind has just been released and further explores the integration of humans and machine coupled with the connective potential of the internet. It’s been widely praised in reviews including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, New Scientist, and The L-Magazine. All agree that the science is dazzling, and the interwoven account of his personal journey to become a more complete human, emotionally speaks to how this merge with technology might affect us all.

“World Wide Mind is a rare pleasure indeed: a smart book about the future of technology that is really about the complexities of the human heart and the universal yearning to be transformed by connection. By combining cutting-edge neuroscience, keen insight into the social potential of networks, and touchingly candid personal anecdotes, Chorost has written one of the most memorable and thought-provoking books of the year.” —Steve Silberman, contributing editor, Wired Magazine

Join us for what promises to be a most intriquing conversation.

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Monday Feb 21, 12:00PM SL/PST Metanomics: Rob Bloomfield with Paul Ford

All Digital: Robert Bloomfield In Conversation with Paul Ford on Media, the Web and Life Online

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Whether code or copy, Paul Ford speaks the language. A true digital native, Ford took Harper’s Magazine to the Web, converting its 250,000 to an on-line powerhouse; he’s written for NPR,,, and the National Information Standards Organization’s Information Standards Quarterly.

Paul’s novel, Gary Benchley, Rock Star (Penguin/Plume), began life as a hoax but got reviews that were no joke:

“It’s a funny, rueful read.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“Sharp humor and pathos…warm, human, and surprisingly sweet.”—EW
“Warm blueberry . . . crumples . . . mouth . . . sex . . . socks.” —Baked Goods Daily

Paul programs in PHP, Java, and XSLT2.0, although like so many other web nerds he’s lately been seduced by Python, especially Django. He teaches Content Strategy at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His writing has been anthologized in Best Software Writing I (2005) and Best Music Writing 2009. He enjoys both software and music. He recently helped with the relaunch of Gourmet Live, a re-imagining of Gourmet magazine for iPad, and is a partner in a small company called that builds interesting websites. His personal website, started in 1997, is He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Mo and the obligatory cats.

Join us as Robert Bloomfield welcomes Paul for a discussion of our lives on-line: is there still a place for ‘traditional’ media in this iPad world? If you were launching a magazine, what would your content and advertising strategy look like? And what’s it like, anyways, being a digital native?

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Inside The Avatar’s Studio: In Conversation with Wiz Nordberg – Behind the Camera Feb 16 3PM SL/SLT

In Conversation with Wiz Nordberg: Behind the Camera
Wednesday, February 16 at 3 PM SL/PST – 6:00 PM EST – 12:00 PM CET

This month’s guest is Wiz Nordberg. Kevin and Wiz will be discussing the growing relationship between broadcasting and virtual environments and what this means in the light of increasingly mobile communications where the market is as much a producer of video content as it is a consumer.

Wiz Nordberg is the founder and CEO of Treet TV, (formerly known as SLCN), the world’s first virtual television network of entertainment and lifestyle programs. SLCN started streaming live events from Second Life in March of 2007 and now as Treet TV continues to cover live high-profile events for Linden Lab and others.

In the physical world, Wiz is a software engineer and serial entrepreneur who has years of experience in the tech sector and venture funded start-ups. He was the system architect in several commercial software products and in 1996 Wiz established a respected web development agency in Melbourne Australia. Projects focused on entertainment properties for major record companies like BMG, Universal Music, Warner Music, and others. 1999 led to a new division that pioneered broadband webcasting in Australia with The Mushroom 25th Anniversary ‘Concert of the Century’.

Recently Wiz has provided expertise to tech start-ups as a consultant with Australian government commercialization programs.

Wiz currently lives in a small bayside village on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne.

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Monday, Feb 7 12:00PM SL/PST Metanomics Daryl J. Bem Social Psychologist Emeritis

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Metanomics host Robert Bloomfield welcomes fellow Cornell professor Daryl J. Bem, Social Psychologist Emeritus

Professor Bem has written extensively on subjects that could be deemed official topics of virtual worlds conversations. He obtained a degree in Physics from Reed College in 1960 and continued with graduate studies at MIT. But the shift in attitudes towards desegregation in the American South brought on by the Civil Rights movement proved so intriguing that he completed a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan (1964) and embarked upon a teaching career at several top American universities.

He retired from Cornell in 2007 with an impressive list of publications and has continued his research resulting in the pending publication of Feeling the Future: Experimental evidence for anomalous retroactive influences on cognition and affect in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The article has been making headlines for weeks from the New York Times, You Might Already Know This.. to Precognition and Porn | Science | Fortean Times

Professor Bem has published on several diverse topics in psychology, including group decision making, self-perception, personality theory, ESP, and sexual orientation. He is coauthor of an introductory textbook in psychology and the author of Beliefs, Attitudes, and Human Affairs (1970). His home page contains detailed information:

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