Virtual Worlds: The New Medium for the 21st Century   …  as powerful as the combination of media from the 19 th  Century t...
Projecting into Virtual Worlds circa 25,000 BCE
Projecting virtual worlds Through The Lanterna Magika (1671)
A shared experience: the Cinema replaced the earlier Kinetoscope Parlors
So where did (digital) virtual worlds come from? We first learned to play together in a digital world in  Spacewar!  in 19...
… and in 1974, the first 3D virtual worlds in Maze War
… then in 1986 affordable personal computers are connected to dial-up networks And Lucasfilm’s  Habitat  (and avatars) wer...
And then… Worlds Chat, 1995: where Avatars first teleported into the Internet Also in that year Steven Spielberg created t...
Followed by an explosion of worlds in the mid 1990s…
Explosion of Social Virtual Worlds platforms (Book  Avatars  by Damer – 1997)
Alphaworld 1995 “first teleport” And in-world building
And emergence of community And shared building
Working out how to meet (talking circle) and working together to build-Sherwood Forest Towne  (Jan ‘96). Roles, Robin Hood...
<ul><li>1996-IRL </li></ul>Building the Community The Avatars Conferences - IRL and InWorld 2004 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 ...
The Avatars IRL Conferences Earth to Avatars 96 (San Francisco)
Design of the first large scale event in  avatar cyberspace:  Avatars98   Inside Cyberspace first CyberConference
AW-versionDesign elements: single large meeting space - avatars, chat, web cams, streaming voice, bots
Visual and functional elements of Avatars98
… and through common media archetypes: Avatars2001
1990s… Beginnings of Multiplayer Gaming Worlds
2003-present: Second Generation of Social Virtual Worlds
Going where No Virtual World has Gone Before: Virtual Walk on the Moon with Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart Rusty Schwe...
Rusty became our historical actor and narrator to commemorate the 30 th  anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing
 
 
 
` Bruce goes where no avatar has gone before: Cyberspace meets Outerspace – Driving on Mars
Roving the moon looking for water ice
And Bruce’s Avatar has gone where no Avatar has gone before
Virtual Worlds: The New Medium for the 21st Century   What is in the future? The answer: it may be the medium that best ex...
Burning Man… a virtual world for transformation of the self
Example, Bruce’s  iDoublet  Project Garments permit Avatars walking “out-world”
The EvoGrid, the Ultimate Bio-World   An “artificial origin of life” in cyberspace in this Century
To the class of ‘009… How has your life in-world changed you IRL? Thank you!
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Bruce Damer's keynote (delivered in Second Life) on Virtual Worlds: The New Medium for the 21st Century for U Washington class (Aug 27, 2009)

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Bruce Damer's keynote (delivered in Second Life) on Virtual Worlds: The New Medium for the 21st Century for U Washington class (Aug 27, 2009)

  1. 1. Virtual Worlds: The New Medium for the 21st Century … as powerful as the combination of media from the 19 th Century that drove life in the 20 th …
  2. 2. Projecting into Virtual Worlds circa 25,000 BCE
  3. 3. Projecting virtual worlds Through The Lanterna Magika (1671)
  4. 4. A shared experience: the Cinema replaced the earlier Kinetoscope Parlors
  5. 5. So where did (digital) virtual worlds come from? We first learned to play together in a digital world in Spacewar! in 1962 (on a PDP-1)
  6. 6. … and in 1974, the first 3D virtual worlds in Maze War
  7. 7. … then in 1986 affordable personal computers are connected to dial-up networks And Lucasfilm’s Habitat (and avatars) were born
  8. 8. And then… Worlds Chat, 1995: where Avatars first teleported into the Internet Also in that year Steven Spielberg created the marriage of virtual worlds and Hollywood with Starbright World
  9. 9. Followed by an explosion of worlds in the mid 1990s…
  10. 10. Explosion of Social Virtual Worlds platforms (Book Avatars by Damer – 1997)
  11. 11. Alphaworld 1995 “first teleport” And in-world building
  12. 12. And emergence of community And shared building
  13. 13. Working out how to meet (talking circle) and working together to build-Sherwood Forest Towne (Jan ‘96). Roles, Robin Hood, Town Crier, old towne layout, new town, vandalism, first informal ethnographic practice
  14. 14. <ul><li>1996-IRL </li></ul>Building the Community The Avatars Conferences - IRL and InWorld 2004 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 1997-IRL 1996-2004
  15. 15. The Avatars IRL Conferences Earth to Avatars 96 (San Francisco)
  16. 16. Design of the first large scale event in avatar cyberspace: Avatars98 Inside Cyberspace first CyberConference
  17. 17. AW-versionDesign elements: single large meeting space - avatars, chat, web cams, streaming voice, bots
  18. 18. Visual and functional elements of Avatars98
  19. 19. … and through common media archetypes: Avatars2001
  20. 20. 1990s… Beginnings of Multiplayer Gaming Worlds
  21. 21. 2003-present: Second Generation of Social Virtual Worlds
  22. 22. Going where No Virtual World has Gone Before: Virtual Walk on the Moon with Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart Rusty Schweickart in Cyber Space - 1999 Rusty Schweickart in Outer Space - 1969
  23. 23. Rusty became our historical actor and narrator to commemorate the 30 th anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing
  24. 27. ` Bruce goes where no avatar has gone before: Cyberspace meets Outerspace – Driving on Mars
  25. 28. Roving the moon looking for water ice
  26. 29. And Bruce’s Avatar has gone where no Avatar has gone before
  27. 30. Virtual Worlds: The New Medium for the 21st Century What is in the future? The answer: it may be the medium that best expresses the inner self to allow a transformation of the outer life…
  28. 31. Burning Man… a virtual world for transformation of the self
  29. 32. Example, Bruce’s iDoublet Project Garments permit Avatars walking “out-world”
  30. 33. The EvoGrid, the Ultimate Bio-World An “artificial origin of life” in cyberspace in this Century
  31. 34. To the class of ‘009… How has your life in-world changed you IRL? Thank you!

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