I now have a new date for my Professorial Lecture, postponed from last November. It will take place at 6pm on Thursday 26 April 2012. Tea and coffee are usually available from about 5.30, the lecture lasts an hour, and then refreshments are provided afterwards.
People who had booked for the previous date have, I think, already been re-invited. It's not showing on the DMU website yet but you can watch for it here or email them. The title and abstract are the same:
The Future of Cyberspace
The act of entering cyberspace was, along with the entering of outer space, one of the most profound experiences of the twentieth century. In 1969, humans landed first ‘on’ the moon (July), and then ‘in’ cyberspace (September) with the connection of the first two nodes of the internet. Today the mountains of the Moon remain neglected and unexplored, but cyberspace has evolved into a deeply familiar habitat whose geography has been shaped by those who built and used it. This lecture will explore the evolution of the landscape of cyberspace from its creation as an unpopulated wilderness through its exploration, colonisation, cultivation, settlement and growth, and offers some predictions for the future of this most exotic place.