From the Web to Virtual Reality, digital technologies and the platforms and tools they’ve enabled, have amplified our social skills, transforming how we interact and work with each other. When combined with other disciplines, these digital technologies have the potential to evolve into entirely new forms and functions of storytelling.
The rise of sentient objects enabled through the Internet of Things revolution represents yet another direction of digital storytelling. A fascinating initiative led by the Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia University offers a glimpse of this potential.
The goal of Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is to build a massive connected crime scene consisting of smart storytelling objects … The idea that an inanimate object can evolve over time, be aware of its surroundings and tell compelling stories that are personalized, seems counter to how we view the “things” that surround our daily lives.
— Lance Weiler, Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab
Starting in the Winter 2016 semester, the University of Ottawa Entrepreneurship Hub is pleased to offer students apprenticeships in a new venture named “Digital Storytellers Guild”. This guild will comprise “Master”-level professionals and student apprentices eager to engage with new technological tools in the craft of modern digital storytelling.