8:2 – Futures

Volume 8, Number 2 (2015):

Futures

Futures cover A4

Issue editor:

Yesha Sivan, Coller Institute of Venture, Tel Aviv University, Israel; School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK.

This issue presents six papers each reflecting on one angle to the future of virtual worlds: Four concrete views relating to bots, head mounted displays (HMD), neuroscience and meditation, and eSports; as well as two theoretical views relating to the focus of virtual worlds research and looking at virtual worlds as a mediator between “technology trends” and the “digital transformation of society and business.”

From the 2015 point of view: The virtual is becoming the real and the real is becoming the virtual.

Original Call: CfP: Futures

Editor in Chief Corner

Toward the Futures of Real AND Virtual Worlds

Yesha Y. Sivan

Essays

Three Real Futures for Virtual Worlds

Tom Boellstorff

Is a Technological Singularity Near Also for Bots in MMOGs?

Stefano De Paoli

Conceptualizing Factors of Adoption for Head Mounted Displays: Toward an Integrated Multi-Perspective Framework

Ibrahim Halil Yucel, Robert Anthony Edgell

Being There: Implications of Neuroscience and Meditation for Self-Presence in Virtual Worlds

Carrie Heeter, Marcel Allbritton

The eSports Trojan Horse: Twitch and Streaming Futures

Benjamin Burroughs, Paul Rama

The Metaverse as Mediator between Technology, Trends, and the Digital Transformation of Society and Business

Sven-Volker Rehm, Lakshmi Goel, Mattia Crespi