What is the course about?
We are currently in a Hype Cycle for metaverses, just as the hype around Artificial Intelligence subsided during the COVID pandemic. We have emerged as more tech savvy users of the internet - whether it be video livestreaming for entertainment and daily news or conferencing online with our colleagues and family - as a result of lockdowns.
The world has changed and Extended Reality took a huge leap forward along with The Metaverse as a concept being put into practice. The biggest Big Tech has pivoted to it with 100s of billions of dollars in investment. They are taking Virtual and Augmented Reality to the next level. Next Gen users, the MZers, expect Immersive Experiences in the "verse" and a multitude of these proto-metaverses to rapidly improve in their lifetime.
This largely means the verse becoming more cognitive as the Conversational AI improves and the UX or "interfaces" get better at creating hybrid digital spaces and blending our experiences and communication both on- and offline. Strap yourselves in, we are about to go on a ride through metaverses, XR and cognitive interfaces!
What will you learn?
- understand the landscape of metaverses
- know how to use and apply Extended Reality
- develop Critical Thinking skills about Immersive Experiences
- see how these Emerging Technologies are part of Web 3.0
- analyse what this evolutionary stage of the internet means for you
- be able to relate your insights to others at work re Use Cases
- get the Big Picture on proto-metaverses, future computing/devices, Extended Reality "building blocks" and how (holographic) interfaces are becoming cognitive
What is the target audience?
Anyone with an interest in technology, at all levels of skill and expertise. From beginners to actual experts and practioners within the industries of Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence (machine learning, NLP, image recognition) and those building the metaverse platforms of tomorrow, including Bitcoin fans, crypto workers and NFT creators.
What prior knowledge is required?
An open and enquiring mind. Preparedness to challenge your assumptions and the marketing of others.
Adj Prof (Comp Sci) Dr phil Tania Peitzker (University of Silicon Valley & Potsdam)
The well known author of Uses and Risks of Business Chatbots: Guidelines for Purchasers in the Public and Private Sectors, Tania Peitzker is a highly creative creator of 3D metaverses, "cognitive" avatars in Conversational AI and interactive installations in Extended Reality. She has gained vast experience over decades in Project Management and C-Suite leadership in IVAs, Intelligent Virtual Assistants (also known as chatbots, voice assistants, 2D and 3D avatars). Tania is an acknowledged thought leader (see her 60 Leaders in AI piece on how we can get rid of sexism in the industry) and a globally recognised source for Market Intelligence corporations. A list of the industry reports she has contributed to can be found on her portfolio site.
Tania's etextbook published with Kindle (2022) is an easily accessible and affordable ebook series accompanying this historic iversity course on these often controversial Emerging Technologies.
For instance, she devotes a whole chapter of the ebook and a unit of
the iversity espresso course to the many, interdisciplinary
sustainability issues surrounding metaverse building and blockchain
tech, while another unit and parts of the etextbook look at safety,
the Greater Good, diversity and inclusion problems in XR.
You can purchase Dr Peitzker's six volumes "on the evolution of the internet in terms of XR & Immersive Tech" on Amazon Books.
BELOW: Image from her etextbook, also discussed in Tania's iversity course.
The complete set of unique charts, tables, diagrams and flow charts can be accessed for free in Tania's metaverse for her innovative, hybrid MRAM matriarchies regen ag museum. MRAM was established in The Metaverse in 2022 and will be opening its physical museum using XR tech on Tania's farm in Kent in 2023...
Tania Peitzker is an Adjunct Professor for metaverses+interfaces at the University of Silicon Valley, California's oldest institution which was established as Cogswell College in the early 1800s for teaching engineering and business studies. She lectures at other universities, business schools and institutions.
For a video and presentation archive of her most notable keynotes,
public talks, private corporate & Government Department workshops,
Fireside Chats, media interviews and Q&As, please visit her portfolio
The site also lists and catalogues her past and present involvement in various
advisory services and ambassadorial roles for New Technologies
internationally. Reviews of her past book published by Business Expert
Press (New York, 2020) can be found there as well. You can buy the
ebook and paperback edition directly from BEP here.
BELOW: Image courtesy of Paraddax & holograma.eu in Madrid, Spain, 2022.
PERSONAL INTERESTS AND PASSIONS:
Tania is an outspoken supporter of democratic freedom, rights and institutions. She has made her support visible and brings issues of Smart Cities, data protection and citizens' rights to privacy, human rights and free speech to bear on her work, writing, lecturing and publishing.
Please use these hashtags #supportukraine & #citiesoffreedom against Russia whenever wherever you can! Apart from her work campaigning for the Ukrainian Ministry for Digital Transformation in Kyiv, Tania has long been a feminist literary critic and Cultural Studies academic. Her feminism and humanism supports the Iranian women and girls fighting for their basic human rights in Iran, as well as Taiwanese citizens in the defence of a liberal democracy in their homeland against China.
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