Saturday January 26 2008 18.00 – 19.30

Tools such as Second Life and Facebook are new ways of extending life to the virtual space, for example, allowing us to attend Wimbledon while standing next to one of the players or living out our social desires anonymously without restraints nor risk of sanctions. More and more people are turning to virtual reality to establish who they are, what they know, who they interact with and how. This will influence how society is structured in the future and how real or fictive this virtuality will be.

1) In the context of the virtual worlds we are creating, what is the difference between fiction and reality?
2) With the ease of access to these virtual worlds, how do different generations react?
3) How does this world of immediate access, limitless social skills and unrestrained behaviour influence our moral framework?
4) Should we focus on the technological or human side of progress?


  • Rafael Capurro, Professor, Information management and information ethics, Stuttgart Media University, Germany
  • Florence Develey, Pastor, Switzerland
  • Joseph Weizenbaum, former Professor of Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  USA
  • Reid Hoffman, Chairman and President of Linkedln Corporation, USA
  • Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Labs/Second life


  • Loic Le Meur, Seesmic, USA