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Y+ 30: The Future of Digital Communication

  • Dec 13, 2010 · 7:00 PM
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How people will communicate with machines (and vice versa) and with one another through machines. As technology continues to evolve and innovate at breakneck speeds, we've seen human behavior upended in a miraculously short span of time. Not only has our manner of communication changed, but the very notion of communication and the communicative abilities available to us are completely different. How people relate to one another professionally, socially, and artistically are different than even ten years ago, and will likely be much different thirty years from now. This panel will examine these ideas from multiple perspectives, including digital art, policy, social media, human- computer interfaces, and more. A diverse collection of technologists will speak on the subject, and there will be demonstrations of gadgets and interfaces from hack collective NYCResistor and an art installation piece from digital media institute Harvestworks. Tickets for this event are $10 and are available through the
92Y Box Office. NOTE: Twitter will be the platform of choice for receiving audience questions. If possible, please come with a Twitter-enabled device and use the #y30 hashtag for all relevant posts.
Josephine Dorado is a virtual worlds and online community consultant, educator, interactive events producer and skydiver. She was a Fulbright scholarship recipient and initiated the Kidz Connect program, which connects youth internationally via creative collaboration and theatrical performance in virtual worlds. Josephine also received a MacArthur Foundation award to co-found, which matches news with opportunities for activism. She currently teaches at the New School and is the live events producer for This Spartan Life, a talk show inside the video game Halo. Website: Twitter:
Hilary Mason is the lead scientist at, where she is finding sense in web-scale data sets. She is a former Computer Science professor with a background in machine learning, has published numerous academic papers, and regularly releases code on her personal site. She has discovered two new species, loves to bake cookies, and asks way too many questions. Website: Twitter:
Carol Parkinson is the Executive Director of Harvestworks and has been involved in the programming and development of the organization since 1982. She is a founding member of TELLUS, the experimental audio series and continues to support and distribute experimental and innovative work in the digital media arts. Her primary interest is the development of new technological tools for art-making and the cultivation of a new aesthetic involving sound and image in the electronic arts. Website: Twitter:
Eric Skiff is one of the cofounders of NYC Resistor and a frequent BarCamp planner here in NYC. While hacking at NYC Resistor, he experiments with Ardunio and openFrameworks (including openCV for computer vision), and is a strong proponent of hacking by putting together "pluggable pieces" of prebuilt software and hardware. Website: Twitter:
David Solomonoff is the President of the Internet Society of New York (ISOC- NY), a chapter of the global Internet Society (ISOC). ISOC plays a crucial role in advocating for an open Internet, accessible to all via protocols and standards that are developed in a transparent manner by the entire Internet community. He is also the Library Systems Manager for the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. He serves on the Technology Issues and the Globalization and Corporatization committees of United University Professions (UUP), the labor union representing SUNY faculty and staff. UUP is the nation's largest higher education union. Website: Twitter:
Jeremy Pesner (organizer/moderator) is a recent Computer Science graduate making his way in the world. He is very curious about the digital landscape and the elements shaping its future. Coming from a liberal arts background, he has many interests and does not know how to choose between them. He is involved with educational gaming, Government 2.0, and Cloud Computing research. He is probably interested in your project. Twitter:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to see the room full and the discussion was good. But most of the ideas were 5 years out -- not 30. I appreciated all the panelists' perspectives & experience, but David Solomonoff (who's of my own age) contributed perspectives on power relationships that govern technological development and deployment, and that's the key to understanding the possibilities of the 30-year future (I think). Great event, I'm glad I joined...

    December 16, 2010

  • Jason A.

    Just as the panel was getting revved up and most interesting, time is called and the discussion dissolves to one-on-one on the floor. I am not a believer in that all of the important conversations happen in the hallways. I would have liked to see the panel continue on. Great diverse and interesting panel all.

    December 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was interesting, but not nearly as +30 (futuristic / inspiring) as I was expecting. I really enjoyed @hmason's contributions: Y-30 movie plots sans cell phones, how users with different devices (BB vs. iPhone vs. Android) use those devices differently (sharing vs. consuming), scripting ourselves (and the reverse-Turing Test), and more. Thanks @hmason!

    December 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have been looking for someone who can videorecord and livestream the event. We can't pay, unfortunately.

    November 30, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are any of these meetups recorded anywhere? I'd love to join in :)

    November 29, 2010

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