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Avatars Conference Series Avatars 2004
was held on March 12-14 2004
- January 22: Bruce Damer
presented the "Drive On Mars"
initiative at the Athena Mission team meeting at NASA Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena California (this meeting was closed to the
- January 23: Bruce
Damer presented the Creative Commons license and virtual worlds topics
for Brenda Laurel's class at the Art
Center College of Design in Pasadena California.
- February 19-22: Was the Web3D/VRML 2001 Symposium in
- March 2-4: Was CONTACT 2001, the
18th annual conference of CONTACT COTI (Cultures Of The
Imagination), the grandfather organization of the Contact Consortium. This is a truly unique
conference bringing together anthropologists, space scientists, science
fiction writers and others at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara.
This year's dinner keynote speaker was be Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.
During this event, the Contact Consortium presented a special session on the
work with NASA Ames on the FMARS/Houghton Mars Project, the Moon project and
the VLearn3D SIG, On Friday March 3rd
was a day at NASA Ames Research Center
exploring Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
- March 20-24: Was the Computer Game Developer's Conference in San
Jose California: what's new in online multiplayer gaming worlds.
- March 28-Aprl 11th is the Online conference Online Social
Networks 2001 co-hosted by Lisa Kimball and Howard Rheingold. Register for the event
here (this event is facilitated through a web-based threaded discussion
- Aprl 12th was a special
Brown Bag lunch at the Stanford Law
School Center for Internet and Society (Cyberlaw) where Bruce Damer,
Steven Reading, Galen Brandt, and Bob Gelman presented a session on for Lawrence Lessig's students and
researchers. This presentation featured live journeys into online virtual
worlds where ad hoc property and civil rules of conduct are emerging. From
avatar citizens pilfering hairstyles and ending up in a moot court to
communities and enterprises utilizing franchising and choardic structures,
this fascinating corner of the net illustrates the concept that in Cyberspace,
the code is the community.
- May 2001: was a visit and special presentation made
by Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt at Umea University, Sweden. Photos
- June 18-19: was VirComm 2001, the Conference for Virtual
Community Professionals in San Francisco California.
- June 26-July 1: Was the
North American Paleontological
Convention in Berkely, California, where Biota.org hosted a special symposium "Evolution in the
Computer: Artificial Life and Evolution".
- Jul 23-28: was SIGGRAPH 2001 in Los Angeles
California featuring another Web3D
- August 27-Sept 3: was Burning Man 2001 at the Black Rock Desert
in Northern Nevada. Never before was the virtual combined with the surreal
physical on so vast a scale. See Bruce Damer's
Burning Man 1999-2001 images and documentation.
September 15-16th: was Cyberarts X, the Tenth Year Anniversary of
Cyberarts International held in San Francisco at the Exploratorium and the
Somarts Cultural Center. This year's theme was "rediscovering creativity".
Cyberarts was presented in concert with YLEM (celebrating their 20th anniversary) and
several other organizations supporting including Adobe Systems Inc., DigitalSpace and the Contact Consortium which presented a special
"virtual CyberArts" and "YLEM/20 gallery" permitting in-world avatar
attendance at this important event. See the CyberArts
X Conference Photo Album here.
September 21-23rd: was Paradox III: Third Millenium
Habitats, Integrating Community, Virtuality and Nature at Paolo Soleri's
Acrosanti in the
Arizona desert. Presentations touched on virtual worlds in their connection
with design and living in realspace and cyberspace. See the Paradox
III Conference Photo Album here.
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