You Can Watch Innovation--Our Last InFormation Year Event. Here's how . . .

Today we will be hosting our last event in the InFormation Year at CalIT2 in La Jolla at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (6:00 p.m. Eastern Time). It will be webcast and you can watch by following the links at the bottom of this blog posting. There will be three demonstration-lectures by digital humanists, from virtual archeology to GIS. Then three of us (myself, CALIT2 director Larry Smarr, and media theorist Lev Manovich) will talk about the demos and about innovaiton in new media.


My focus will be on what it means to be in the third phase of an epistemic technological revolution. The first phase is always hyperbolic (utopic or dystopic). The second phase is caution and confusion because half of what you predicted didn't come through and a lot of consequences one never foresaw did. And then phase three is such a simple acceptance of the technological change as part of the fabric and expectation of everyday life that one no longer sees the social and cultural ramifications of that change. I'm convinced we are already there. For kids, especially, constant surveillance, for example, is a condition of everyday life. So is ADHD (and its regimes of treatment and control). Our institutions have not adjusted to the changes (except for the Patriot Act which has adjusted and adjusted us). We need humanists now to grasp the magnitude and historicize it, analyze it, explain what is disappearing as a phenomenon before our eyes. We have to un-naturalize this naturalization of technology.

The URL for the live webcast will be:

Below is the full program and th webcast info. See you at 3. Right now, I'm going out to look at the whales off the beach in La jolla!



A HASTAC INNOVATION In|Formation Year Event
Surfing California's Techno Wave
May 10, 2007

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. PDT

Calit2, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego

followed by reception

Californovation will present state-of-the-art projects demonstrating the use of digital technologies in research and knowledge production for the humanities. The demos will be especially useful in thinking about mapping and the use of GIS, in visual studies, and in the uses of technology for art history and history more generally. Discussions will also range over text searches and mining.

Vijay Samalam (SDSC/UC San Diego)
Michael Goodchild (UC Santa Barbara)
Adriene Jenik (UC San Diego)
Maurizio Seracini Research Group (Calit2/UC San Diego)


Larry Smarr (Calit2/UC San Diego)
Cathy Davidson (Duke University)
Lev Manovich (UC San Diego)

To view the webcast:
The URL for the live webcast will be:
[Please note that Real Player and broadband connection are required and that the link will only be active on May 10, 2007 during the time of the event.]
For more information (including bios of participants), please visit
or UCHRI's website at: