E30 Dr. Robby Gets Interviewed About the Metaverse by Prof. Roxana Girju

CROSSOVER EPISODE! When approached by Roxana Girju, professor of linguistics (and more, see below), requesting an interview for her podcast about the Metaverse, Robby thought, “Let’s kill two virtual birds with one grey oblong NFT!” In other words, the interview is being cross-posted and Robby finally gets to blah blah blah on his own podcast! Seriously though, this was a great opportunity to synthesize some of the amazing lessons learned from the previous SPARTIE-Cast guests combined with some personal explorations into the Metaverse Robby has done recently with friend and colleague Dar Meshi (@darmeshi). During this interview, Robby’s explains his understanding of what the Metaverse and Web 3.0 are, how they relate to virtual/augmented reality technologies, how the technological infrastructure is and will be governed, what societal benefits and concerns are on the horizon, how Facebook, Epic (Fortnite), and other major companies will operate in this space and how the SPARTIE-Lab’s research relates to this impending brave new world.

And huge thanks to Dr. Girju for conducting the interview!


Girju is a podcast host, professor of linguistics, computer science affiliate and part-time faculty member of the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the co-founder and former director of the successful joint CS+Linguistics undergraduate​ program. Located at the intersection of language – technology – society, Dr. Girju’s research interests are in designing, building and testing artificial intelligence systems that use language in order to facilitate successful human–human and human–computer communication. She is a longstanding supporter of the integration of STEM with the broader fields of humanities, social sciences and the arts, integration that would benefit the next generation of human language technologies.

This episode is cross-posted with Dr. Girju's own podcast, Creative Language Technologies. You can check out her other episodes on any of the major podcast platforms but also here:

https://player.fm/series/creative-language-technologies


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