Events In Extropia

Sophrosyne’s Salon: Two This Week

As part of the busiest week of events in Extropia’s history, we’re holding a special Sophrosyne’s Salon at 10 am SLT Thursday morning, in the Central Nexus in Extropia Core.

Our Salon Spotlight Guest will be Tom Bukowski (Tom Boellstorff). Tom is the author of the newly-released book, Coming of Age in Second Life.

Tom is Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Irvine and Editor in Chief of American Anthropologist. He hosted the recent atomic-world conference “Cultures of Virtual Worlds,” and has been an embedded anthropologist in Second Life since 2004. His new book is an anthropological study of Second Life’s cultures and subcultures. It’s challenging, provocative, engaging, and offers much to everyone, casual reader, SL Resident and social scientist alike.

Tom is a delightful, engaging, insightful speaker, and we’re delighted to welcome him to Extropia!

Our regular Saturday Salon will feature another very special guest, Universa Vanalten (Erika Vick) of NASA Headquarters. Universa is the coordinator of NASA’s extensive activities in Second Life, and will be discussing the space agency’s use of virtual technologies for outreach, education, research and exploration.

Fresh from the coming NASA Future Forum this week in Extropia and other SL venues, Universa will set out the future of NASA’s virtuality efforts, and share some exciting movies and slides of present and future space endeavors!

Saturday, May 17, 1-2:30 pm, Central Nexus at Extropia Core.

Meanwhile, last week’s Salon has been described by many as the best yet – which is saying a lot! Ben Duranske, of the virtual worlds legal blog Virtually Blind and author of the new book Virtual Law, joined us for a terrific discussion of legal issues facing residents and merchants in virtual worlds.

Ben has a rare gift for explaining complex matters in an engaging, entertaining and enlightening way, and we were all (33 peak concurrency) treated to a marvelous discussion!

Thanks, Ben, and we hope to have you back in Extropia again!


May 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon: Virtual Law

Join us this Saturday, May 10 from 1-2:30 pm SLT in the Central Nexus at Extropia Core for Sophrosyne’s Saturday Salon!  This week, our Salon Spotlight Guest is Benjamin Duranske (Benjamin Noble), author of the authoritative legal blog Virtually Blind and the new book from the American Bar Association Press, Virtual Law: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Virtual Worlds.

Ben is a terrific writer, who makes difficult subjects accessible and interesting. I’d been daunted by a 450-page law book with such topics at “Further Identification of Documents in Virtual Worlds,” but  it’s a smooth, engrossing and enlightening read, and well worth the troubles of navigating the ABA’s online store to obtain a copy. If you’re doing business in a virtual world, or concerned about your personal rights, this book is an excellent investment.

Ben will be discussing his book as well as a number of controversial legal issues confronting residents and business people in virtual worlds, so if you have questions about the rules and forces increasingly shaping virtual worlds, come on down – this promises to be one of our best sessions ever!

(While we may well use our half hour of scheduled overtime and run till 3pm, if Ben has the energy, I will be leaving promptly to attend the conference in World of Warcraft!)

May 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NASA Future Forum: RL/SL Event: May 14, 8:30-5pm SLT

You’re invited to join NASA leadership, astronauts, scientists, and engineers along with local business, technology and academic leaders and local, state and federal officials discuss the role of space exploration in advancing science, engineering, technology, education and the economy that benefits your community and the nation.

The program features an exciting preview of NASA’s Constellation Program – America’s return to the Moon and beyond.

NASA’s Future Forum will be held RL at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA ( and attendance is by invitation only.

HOWEVER…for the first time ever you can participate in Second Life! If you have not already done so, please join the Welcome to NASA group in SL to participate via group chat and to receive future notices about this event.

We are identifying a number of locations where the event will be streamed into SL and where NASA volunteers will be present to assist.

Please contact Universa Vanalten by IM inworld if you are interested in hosting this event on your sim or if you are interested in related volunteer opportunities.

The keynote address given by NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale (SL Xena Dahl) will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

You can also view agendas and keynote addresses given at Future Forums held earlier this year in Seattle WA, Columbus OH, St. Louis MO, and Miami FL at

Events will be hosted at Explorer Island, NASA CoLab, the International Spaceflight Museum, and in Extropia Core.

May 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

William Sims Bainbridge to Keynote Religion Conference

Extropia co-hosted conference The Future of Religions/Religions of the Future will feature a keynote address by William Sims Bainbridge of the US National Science Foundation. We are proud to welcome Dr. Bainbridge, a prolific author on religion, converging technologies and virutal worlds, and host of the upcoming conference Convergence of the Real and the Virtual: The First Scientific Conference in World of Warcraft.

William Sims Bainbridge Ph.D. is a prolific and influential sociologist of religion, science and popular culture. Dr. Bainbridge serves as co-director of Human-Centered Computing at the NSF and has recently taught sociology and computational social science at George Mason University. In 1976 he published his first book The Spaceflight Revolution, which examined the push for space exploration in the 1960s. He then went on to publish Satan’s Power, which described several years of infiltration of the Process Church, a religious cult related to Scientology. In the last thirty years, Bainbridge has published more than a dozen more books dealing with space, religion, and psychology. Dr. Bainbridge’s long-standing interest in “personality capture,” using extensive personality surveys to record individual personalities in software, is reflected in works such as Experiments in Psychology (1986) which included cutting-edge psychology experimentation software written by Bainbridge.

Dr. Bainbridge was instrumental in creating the NBIC Converging Technologies program, and in producing its widely read reports:

Dr. Bainbridge’s two most recent books are God from the Machine (2006) and The Secular Abyss (2007). Dr. Bainbridge has published over 200 articles and essays for various journals and encyclopedias.

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment