2022 Symposium

Now that VR is about to reach mass usage, we look at text in VR, specifically for knowledge work. Similarly, now that types of AI is becoming routine we look at text augmented by AI.

(Why Text?) (Why VR & AI?).

In order to unleash text in VR and text using the power of AI, we will need to upgrade the infrastructures of text, something which will benefit traditional digital text as well.

The potential of digital text has been left largely untapped after it was demonstrated to us by the pioneers in the 1960s–once digital text became mainstream the question of what it could be faded from public imagination. Now that we are entering the whole new world of VR we have a chance to fire up our imagination as to what richly interactive digital text can be and how it can help us think and communicate. This moment won’t last forever, once VR is commonplace we will likely see the same fading of curiosity as to what text and be and what it can do for us, so let us use this time wisely.


Book & Symposium

The full record of the Symposium, including presentations and Q&A/Dialogue, will be published in ‘The Future of Text’ Vol III: Future Text Publishing

You may want to read the 1 page Introduction to the third volume of The Future of Text, which frames the Symposium. We have also posted further Notes on Text & VR.


When & Where

27th and 28th of September 2022, London, UK, and Online via Zoom. [iCal Of The Schedule]. Location to be announced.



Who We Are

This Symposium is hosted by Frode Alexander HeglandIsmail Serageldin and Vint Cerf. The curators and editors of the event and the subsequent Future of Text book are Dene GrigarClaus Atzenbeck and Mark Anderson.

The Symposium is part of the work of the Future Text Lab.

Presentations will include Jaron Lanier (keynote), and Andreea Ion Cojocaru, Andy Campbell, Annie Murphy Paul, Bob Stein, Caitlin Fisher, Fabien Benetou, Jim Hollan, Mark Anderson, Michael Roberts, Peter Wasilko, Yiliu Shen-Burke & more to be announced.

Join us. To register please email frode@hegland.com describing your interest in the future of text.


Abstract. Presenters will submit an abstract which will be distributed to all the attendees 1 week before the symposium, on the 20th of September, as a special issue of our Journal. There is no restriction on length, format or style. Attendees, are also invited to submit a brief outline of their thoughts on the subject or what they expect from the event, which will also be distributed.
This will be included in the ‘Future of Text’ book, unless requested otherwise.

Presentation On The Day. On the day there will be 5-10 mins for presentations, which may be exactly the same as the submitted abstract, a summary or a new presentation on the same topic, then 10-15 mins dialogue, for a total of 20 mins per presenter. This is a deadline we hold rigorously, to make the flow more relaxed for everyone 🙂
The presentation and full Q&A/Dialogue will be transcribed and included in the book.

Comments. Everyone is welcome to submit a comment on their own, someone else’s or a general comment a month later.
This will also be included in the book.

Information for presenters

 iCal for your Calendar of the sessions

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.