Great Sunday NY Times article about a film made by Rainer Werner Fassbinder for German TV in 1973 titled World on a Wire. "Head-trip cinema about virtual-reality immersions, it’s an analog-age Avatar, a movie that anticipates Blade Runner in its meditation on artificial and human intelligence and The Matrix in its conception of reality as a computer-generated illusion." It’s showing at MOMA in NYC April 14 – 19.
Meanwhile, the way more upbeat Ray Kurzweil film (directed by Anthony Waller with Kurzweil), The Singularity is Near, is showing on Friday April 16 as part of the Sonoma International Film Festival (Sonoma County, California).
h+magazine contributor and math/science fiction legend Rudy Rucker will be showing his artwork at the Variety Preview Room in San Francisco for six weeks. There will be a party for the opening from 6 – 10 pm on April 9 where Rudy will read with author Michael Shea as part of the SF in SF author series. If you work hard, you can find info here… but I’ll just tell you that the Variety Preview Room is on the first floor of the Hobart Bldg. at 582 Market St., near 2nd St. and Montgomery St., San Francisco. Some of Rudy’s paintings are here.
Finally, I’ll be at Paley Center in NYC on Tuesday evening April 13 at 7 PM for a panel discussion headed by Doug Rushkoff and also featuring Sherry Turkle and Amy Bruckman. The panel is on "Crowd Computing: Hive Mind or Digital Mob?" Link… which is a continuation from Doug’s Frontline special Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier (watch it here) and a continuation of a very disjointed online discussion that also included Kevin Kelly and Jimmy Wales and many more.