Mychilo S. Cline holds undergraduate degrees in Engineering-Physics and Philosophy, and a graduate degree in Technology and Society from SJSU (in the heart of Silicon Valley) - a combination of history and anthropology, philosophy and ethics, psychology and interface design, focusing on the past, present, and potential impact of new communications technologies. He was Graduate of the Year in Philosophy, worked under the National Science Foundation in low-temperature physics, developed an ad hoc workflow automation software package, held a position as an associate researcher at the Virtual Ethics Group, and is author of three books about the impact of emerging technologies: Power, Madness, and Immortality: the Future of Virtual Reality; Virtual Reality: a catalyst for social and economic change; and The Virtual State & the Fall of Empires: Digital Rights Management, Virtual Rights, and the Decline of the Nation-State System.
We may use public policy and software design to address contemporary issues online today, extend constitutional rights into virtual space, and build a foundation for a digital society. Digital life, liberty, and happiness . . . .