Betreff: BBC report about David Levy being an alleged fraudster
Von: Leif Oppermann <leif.oppermann@fit.fraunhofer.de>
Datum: 08.06.2018 11:16
An: adrian@imagineeringinstitute.org
Kopie (CC): Emma Yann Zhang <yannc2021@gmail.com>, contact@imagineeringinstitute.org

Dear Adrian, dear Emma (cc),

I am writing to you because I am concerned by some news that I received these days. It is regarding your converence, book and journal partner for "love and sex with robots" / "lovotics", as well as repeated keynote speaker, such as at the ACE2017 in London, where we last me: David Levy.

According to the BBC, Indiegogo, and other sources around the Internet he is an alleged fraudster and might be a confidence trickster. For example, according to this news from the BBC (https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44381247, news as of 6.6.18), Indiegogo is now "appointing a debt collection agency to recoup funds from the London-based company behind the campaign [..] RCL [..] Dr. David Levy, RCL's chairman". The campaign at Indiegogo is called ZV Vega+ and collected about half a million pounds, but never shipped their promised product (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-sinclair-zx-spectrum-vega-plus-console#/, if you click "Read More " and scroll to the end you will see that he even involved Sir Clive Sinclair into his campaign).

Since I know you for some 15 years, I wanted to let you know personally and ask you if:
- you knew about the allegations regarding David Levy and this campaign?
- what is your position on this?
- what are you planning to do now that you know about it?

As I was writing this email, I received a press release for LSR2018 from you, where David Levy is on the committee. What a disgraceful coincidence that you should really clarify.

I hope that this is all news to you and am sincerely looking forward to your response.

Best wishes,
 Leif

PS: I explicitly do not wish to have my identity revealed to David Levy or anyone else from RCL, as I do not trust them.

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Dr. Leif Oppermann
Mixed and Augmented Reality Solutions, Fraunhofer FIT
http://www.fit.fraunhofer.de/mars
Tel.: +49 (0)2241 - 14-2724