End of Story: The Past, Present, and Future of Human Communication Through Technologies
Ponder the next dimensions of story as we explore the past, present and future of human communication through technologies like VR and AR.
Why do we tell stories? What are they good for? There can be do doubt that the techniques and technologies for storytelling have changed dramatically over the past few thousand years. And they have continued to change at an exponential rate over the past few hundred.
This workshop will take a long perspective on both the usefulness and meaningfulness of storytelling as it evolved as a result of our ingenuity in creating new technologies to help our species survive and thrive. These technologies have constantly changed the nature of the way we think and the way we live.
But the last 27 years since the birth of the commercial internet have unleashed an unprecedented number of new ways to tell stories. And as we cross the threshold into the “metaverse” we may be heading toward an even more dramatic shift in what will be possible.
It’s the end of story as we know it, but also the beginning of a new era of communications that may look as much or more different to us in 20 years as would a 30 second commercial to a Neanderthal.