Bruce Damer's keynote at the Presence 2008 conference, Aula Magna, University of Padua (Oct 2008). The session was titled: The Virtual World, projecting human presence into CyberSpace, StreetSpace, OuterSpace and BioSpace.
Enhancing presence with improved design: Avatars 99 & 2000
Enhancing presence with the design of spaces: Avatars 99 & 2000
… and establishing presence through common media archetypes: Avatars2001
Other late 1990s experiments with mixed mode presence: Datafusion “videotars”
And in 1999, creating immersion through story in the Virtual Walk on the Moon with Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart Rusty Schweickart in Cyber Space - 1999 Rusty Schweickart in Outer Space - 1969
Rusty became our historical actor and narrator to commemorate the 30 th anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing
II Extending Human Presence in OuterSpace through CyberSpace
A decade of work bringing virtual worlds as a presence tool to the space community
` The beginnings of becoming Tele-present on other worlds: Lunakhod, 1970s
` An “avatar on Mars”, height of mast camera tuned to height of a human to embody presence for mission operations: 2004
` “ Mars has now become a place” – Michael Sims, MER mission team co-investigator
` DriveOnMars: DigitalSpace’s simulator/experience for the public (2004)
Dawes Crater As photographed by Apollo XV DigitalSpace virtual worlds for enhancing robotic mission designers’ presence Design challenge: traverse steep crater wall’s on the Lunar south pole, drill
Traditional NASA design process: spreadsheets, some CAD
EvoGrid: Philosophical Implications Will biologists (one day) declare these synthetic biological environments “worthy of study as a living system”? Would an EvoGrid and harnessing the power of evolution become a tool for Humanity in the 21 st Century? Would it become a mechanism for life’s expanded presence into the Solar System or for the survival and extension of life on Earth? How does a successful origin of life simulation affect our sense of God, our presence in the Universe and the future of life?
New Book: Divine Action and Natural Selection Damer: The God Detector Upcoming book (launch October 27 th , 2008)
Thank you, from Bruce & Galen (Only at the very beginning of this thinking)
Resources and Acknowledgements Avatars Conferences, Contact Consortium: http://www.ccon.org DigitalSpace 3D simulations and all (open) source code at: http://www.digitalspace.com Project EvoGrid at: http://www.biota.org http://www.evogrid.org Cyberwearz: http://www.cyberwearz.com History of virtual worlds: http://www.vwtimeline.org We would also like to thank NASA and many others for funding support for this work. Other acknowledgements for this presentation include: Chip Morningstar/Lucasfilm, Rusty Schweickart, Daria Dorosh/The Fashion Institute of Technology, Daniel Kottke, DigiBarn Computer Museum, the team at DM3D Studios, Peter Newman, Ryan Norkus, Exploring Life’s Origins Project, Chimp65 Productions, Scientific American Frontiers, Richard Gordon, Peachpit Press, Ron Creel, Exploratorium San Francisco.