Robert J. Sawyer on “Webmind”

The Department of Computer Science is hosting a talk by Robert J. Sawyer at the University of Saskatchewan. Here are the particulars:

Department of Computer Science Talk
Speaker: Robert J. Sawyer, Writer in Residence
Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon

Title: Webmind: When the World Wide Web Gains Consciousness

Can the Web wake up once its complexity has equaled or exceeded that of a human brain? What sort of consciousness might emerge under those circumstances? And what will be the impact on humanity when we are no longer the smartest things on the planet? Robert J. Sawyer is one of only seven writers in history — and the only Canadian — to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won for Mindscan). His just released 18th novel, Wake, details the dawning of consciousness by the World Wide Web. His physical home is in Mississauga, Ontario; online, it’s at:

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Time: 3:30 p.m.,
Place: Thorvaldson 271

Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences, July – December 2009

This is a regular and welcome update to the list that has been maintained by Dr. Clayton R. Wright, for a number of years.

This list of selected events focuses primarily on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching and learning. Only listings from July to December 2009 are complete as dates, locations, or URLs are not available for a number of events after December 2009.