Episode 10: Nonny De La Peña on Ready Player One and the ethics and aesthetics of virtual reality

Nonny de la Peña has been called the “godmother of Virtual Reality.” You will get a sense of why in this Ted Talk where she describes and demonstrates some of her work. She is currently completing a degree through the MAP program at the  USC School of Cinematic Arts.

As we shift our attention from Black Panther to Ready Player One, we are reaching out to folks in our network who are working on the cutting edge of the kinds of technologies and technological practices that film represents — virtual reality, world building, and games-based learning. As with our other interviews, we use the film as a springboard for large discussions.

This past week, Colin Maclay, my co-host, went to the movies with De la Peña, and then both raced back to record the episode. The quality is a bit off –they ended up recording their impressions using the voice memo functions on their cellphones and Sean Myers, our gifted producer, was able to knit the sound back together again.

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