Wagner James Au is the author of "Making a Metaverse That Matters" (Wiley, 2023), based on his 20 years working in the metaverse industry, starting as the first journalist officially embedded inside the virtual world of Second Life. His blog New World Notes, launched in 2006, is the longest-running and most-cited news site devoted to Metaverse news and culture. A frequent speaker and media commentator, his recent themes include:
He has spoken about the Metaverse, virtual worlds, and related topics at South by Southwest, the Milken Institute, Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, and at conferences across Europe and Asia.
James is also author of "The Making of Second Life" (HarperCollins, 2008) and "Game Design Secrets" (Wiley, 2012). and his writing about virtual worlds has been featured in The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among many other publications. He has consulted on metaverse-related projects for Samsung, Mattel, Deloitte, Forrester, US and EU government bodies, among many other organizations.
He is based in Los Angeles.
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Wagner James Au is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Business, Authors and Technology. The estimated speaking fee range to book Wagner James Au for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $20,000 - $30,000. Wagner James Au generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Thomas Frey, Brenda Louise Romero and David Baszucki. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wagner James Au for an upcoming event.
Wagner James Au has been covering the idea of the metaverse for decades. He was the first embedded journalist inside the world of Second Life, the early virtual world from Linden Lab. And now he’s back with his own book about the metaverse, the universe of virtual worlds that are all interconnected, like in novels such as Snow Crash and Ready Player One
The author of ‘Snow Crash’ and co-founder of Lamina1 talks about the novel’s long-delayed Hollywood adaptation, and why he finally decided to develop a real-world metaverse of his own.
A Q&A with Wagner James Au, author of “The Making of Second Life,” on why the short-lived success of the first virtual world has lessons for the metaverse.
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