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Making a Metaverse That Matters,   September 19  – October 2, 2023

Author W. James Au will discuss his new book,  _Making a Metaverse That Matters: From Snow Crash & Second Life to A Virtual World Worth Fighting For_. In the book he writes with authority about the history of the metaverse concept and the reality vs the hype re: virtual worlds. He’s also written about digital culture, especially the metaverse, for many years. He’s been a freelance reporter, a metaverse consultant, a game developer, and a screenwriter.  He was also a white-suited avatar named “Hamlet Au,” the first embedded journalist in a virtual world, Second Life, beginning in 2003.

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Previously in the Inkwell:

Feb 28 – March 13, 2023

Authors and apology experts Susan McCarthy and Marjorie Ingall in discussion with media personality Angie Coiro about their ‘Sorry, Sorry, Sorry: The Case For Good Apologies‘. In their book, they draw on a deep well of research in psychology, sociology, law, and medicine to explain why a good apology is hard to find and why it doesn’t have to be.

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The State of the World 2023          January 3 – 16, 2023

The Annual ‘State of the World’ discussion with author/pundit Bruce Sterling and digital media maven Jon Lebkowsky,

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New York Times reporter and author John Markoff in discussion with Howard Rheingold about his new bio,  ‘Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand‘, January 24 – Feb. 6, 2023.

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The State of the World 2022
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The State of the World 2020
The State of the World 2019
The State of the World 2018
Virginia Eubanks: Automating Inequality
Roger McNamee: Brain Hacking For Dummies
Ellen Ullman: Life in Code
Julie Rehmeyer: Through the Shadowlands

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