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From Virtual Reality to Postcards and Back: A Guided Tour
March 24, 2021

March 24 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton

Microsoft Research

About the Speaker

A Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill has an over 40-year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Following a 20-year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a researcher and interaction designer, at the University of Toronto, Xerox PARC, Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded four honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. Bill has published, lectured and consulted widely, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven. Other than his family, mountains and rivers are his first love.

For more information, see billbuxton.com

From Virtual Reality to Postcards and Back: A Guided Tour
March 24, 2021

Speaker: Bill Buxton
March 24 at 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
Your Own Home via Zoom

Somehow, during my CHIFOO talk last year, I mentioned how important Portland was to the evolution of AR/VR technology and adoption. This seemed to give rise to a certain degree of curiosity. Hence I promised to come back and explain. So this talk is my fulfillment of that promise.

So what I am going to do is take you on a guided tour of the history of (largely) 3D viewers and the ability to experience remote places without being there. The stepping stones of my narrative will items selected out of the Buxton – Microsoft collection, spanning the period between 1838 and now. And, yes, Portland will provide an important stepping stone along the path followed. As interesting as this tour may be intrinsically, it has to have a secondary theme which extends beyond the specific tale and its protagonists. In this case, that uber-tale has to do with the nature of design, technical evolution, the cultural nature of what we do, and perhaps even the difference between technology evolution (a scientific notion) vs progress (an ethical one).

And hopefully – to the extent possible being remote, we can make this as much a conversation as a presentation.

From Virtual Reality to Postcards and Back: A Guided Tour
March 24, 2021

Speaker: Bill Buxton
March 24 at 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
Your Own Home via Zoom

Somehow, during my CHIFOO talk last year, I mentioned how important Portland was to the evolution of AR/VR technology and adoption. This seemed to give rise to a certain degree of curiosity. Hence I promised to come back and explain. So this talk is my fulfillment of that promise.

So what I am going to do is take you on a guided tour of the history of (largely) 3D viewers and the ability to experience remote places without being there. The stepping stones of my narrative will items selected out of the Buxton – Microsoft collection, spanning the period between 1838 and now. And, yes, Portland will provide an important stepping stone along the path followed. As interesting as this tour may be intrinsically, it has to have a secondary theme which extends beyond the specific tale and its protagonists. In this case, that uber-tale has to do with the nature of design, technical evolution, the cultural nature of what we do, and perhaps even the difference between technology evolution (a scientific notion) vs progress (an ethical one).

And hopefully – to the extent possible being remote, we can make this as much a conversation as a presentation.

Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman

Kevin Hoffman

United States Digital Service

About the Speaker

Kevin Hoffman, Twitter, Linked In

  • Currently serving a four year term of service as part of the United States Digital Service, where he is the head of design operations for the VA.gov and the lead of the Veteran account experience for VA.gov, which helps millions of Veterans of the US Armed Forces get the benefits they’ve earned every day
  • a former Vice President of Design at Capital One
  • the Author of the Rosenfeld Media book “Meeting Design for Makers, Managers and Everyone”
  • teaching workshops and speaking regularly about improving meetings at work

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Date:
March 24
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Your Own Home via Zoom
OR United States

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CHIFOO
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communications@chifoo.org
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