My Professorial Lecture was postponed from its original date last November and will now take place at 6pm on Thursday 26 April 2012. Tea and coffee are served from 5.30pm and refreshments are provided afterwards at 7pm. I'm really looking forward to it and extend a warm welcome to all friends and colleagues. Admission is free. Registration is here.
The Future of Cyberspace
The act of entering cyberspace was, along with the entering of outer space, one of the most profound experiences of the twentieth century. In 1969, humans landed first ‘on’ the moon (July), and then ‘in’ cyberspace (September) with the connection of the first two nodes of the internet. Today the mountains of the Moon remain neglected and unexplored, but cyberspace has evolved into a deeply familiar habitat whose geography has been shaped by those who built and used it. This lecture will explore the evolution of the landscape of cyberspace from its creation as an unpopulated wilderness through its exploration, colonisation, cultivation, settlement and growth, and offers some predictions for the future of this most exotic place.