What does it mean to face reality? We reside in an era of virtual reality where hype overshadows all, often to a detriment. But as manufacturers, content creators, and audiences struggle to move past the barriers of VR, we need to collectively take a step backwards and effectively face reality. We need to wholly understand what’s working—and what isn’t—in VR. We need to find out what’s driving VR development. We need to observe all these pressing questions, and more. And who better to lead our VERSIONS 2017 Keynote address on the topic of “Facing Reality” than famed science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger Cory Doctorow.
The Los Angeles-based Doctorow bares many titles—such as the ones above—and also serves as the co-editor of Boing Boing. He is the author of the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, the young adult graphic novel In Real Life, young adult novels including Homeland, Pirate Cinema and Little Brother, and novels for adults like Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization that defends civil liberties in the digital world, and he co-founded the UK Open Rights Group.