Who said that technology does not go together with liberal arts? The web, and social media, which are its offsprings, can be seen as tools that greatly enhance freedom of expression and creativity, acting as a new papyrus for spreading and preserving knowledge.

The Division of Communication, History, and Politics wants to do just that, with the Com and Media Lecture series, whose first event will take place on Thursday, February 16th, at 17:00, in the LAC Conference room. The speaker will be Rupert Breheny, Emerging Technology Advisory of Google Zurich (the Silicon Valley firm has one of its biggest labs in the City), who will talk about The Long Road to the Metaverse. This is an important theme, not without controversy, because the high-tech community seems to be split around its uses. One more reason for us to debate around it and bring our intercultural points of view.

Rupert Breheny has made a career out of identifying emerging technologies, exploring them, and articulating his learnings from stages worldwide and in the boardrooms of technology startups in the fashion and architecture space. As an early practitioner of web design, mobile web, virtual reality, metaverse, and generative AI, he has maintained this practice throughout a 15-year Google career with stints working with Street View, Google Earth VR, and Vogue magazine. When not reading and thinking about the impact of technology he likes to travel, take photographs, and play video games.

Please show up so you can develop a learned opinion and contribute to the debate.