As Liverpool welcomes business leaders from across the world to the International Festival of Business (IFB2016), Liverpool Hope AI expert Dr David Reid prepares to speak to delegates about culture and technology, while the university also looks forward to hosting a debate about the global economic crisis.
On Tuesday 28th June (2.15pm-3.15pm) Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Liverpool Hope Dr David Reid will facilitate a Blue Skies IFB2016 session on the topic ‘Will VR Kill Culture?’
The panel will include Dr Maria Stukoff (Head of Digital, BBC Academy), Phil Charnock (Draw and Code), Deborah Aydon (Everyman Theatre), Iain Christie (Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre) and Liam Naughton (The Kazimier). They will discuss whether, as technology advances, giving us amazing real life experiences at home, is there a risk that we will stop going out? Why bother with a cultural event in a theatre when you could have the ‘hyper-real’ 360 happening with a virtual reality headset in the comfort of your living room? Could VR kill culture? Or can tech and the arts work together to provide new experiences in traditional places?
The free IFB2016 Blue Skies sessions aim to bring cutting edge debates and insights to the festival, to challenge the way we think about business, society, the environment and culture.
On Wednesday 22nd June, (7.45am – 9.45am), Liverpool Hope will host an IFB2016 The Edge Fringe Festival business breakfast, analysing the global economic crisis from two different perspectives.
Mr Chris Sharkey (Divisional Head, North of England Public Finance and Infrastructure, Santander Corporate Banking) and Dr Valeria Andreoni (Lecturer in Macroeconomics at Liverpool Hope University) will both give their take on the situation. The event includes a full breakfast and time for networking.