2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Life in the OASIS: Emulating the 1980s in-Browser

Friday, March 13
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Long Center
AT&T Education Room
701 W Riverside Dr


In Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One, the world's population spends most of its time inside the OASIS, a simulator and ultimate operating system that provides access to an endless amount of games, videos and media to the world. At the Internet Archive, a nonprofit dedicated to open access to as much content as possible, a new in-browser interface allows instant access to tens of thousands of microcomputer programs, console games, and emulated vintage hardware. Author Ernest Cline and Internet Archive's software curator Jason Scott discuss the similarities between OASIS and the Archive, the consequences and results of a world with endless vintage computing access, and what parts of the 1980s they're working the hardest to save.


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Ernest Cline


Ernest Cline is the bestselling author of the novel Ready Player One and the screenwriter of the 2009 film Fanboys. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he devotes a large portion of his time to geekin...

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Jason Scott

Software Curator

Internet Archive

JASON SCOTT is a Free-Range Archivist at the Internet Archive (archive.org), home of the Wayback Machine and 20 petabytes of saved media and content, provided for free for all. As the software cu...

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