Spectrum: Interactive Media & Online Developer News 9 September 2002
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--Macromedia Releases MX Developer Resource Kit --Sorenson Enhances Squeeze, Vcast
--Anark Updates Multimedia Authoring Software
--Curious Labs Ships Poser 5
--Xara Updates 3D Software
--Alien Skin Ships Image Doctor
--Cycore Releases Cult3D Exporter for plasma --Reiss Studio Announces Poser/Maya Plug-in --LightWorks Releases OS X Renderer
--MindAvenue to Add Flash Export to 3D Authorer
--OpenHSF Initiative to Present at VR World Congress --Philips, Intel Create Multimedia Mobile Tech Platform
--M2K Releases Encyclopedia Collection
THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER
--Sponsors Announce 3D Contest
--Siggraph 2003 Calls for Participation
--Her Interactive Signs Distro Deal with Infogrames
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
--Activision, Creative Assembly Ship Medieval: Total War --Black Isle Ships Icewind Dale II
--Sony Ships PS2 Online Component
--Video Games Fight Off Cool Retail Environment
--Luxology Adds Exluna Ex-Prexy to Advisory Board
--Web3D Event Coming to San Jose
--Pop!Tech 2002 Announces Speaker Lineup
Macromedia Releases MX Developer Resource Kit
Macromedia, Inc. last week released its MX Developer Resource Kit, Volume One. The kit, the first of a quarterly series, contains extensions, components, and resources to enable Macromedia Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX, and ColdFusion MX developers to create and deploy rich Internet applications.
The KIT contains cross-product articles and resources, Flash MX components, and Dreamweaver MX extensions. These extensions and components for Macromedia Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX will be available only as part of this kit. The kit also contains an archive of more than 400 MB of content from the Macromedia Designer & Developer Center including multiple sample applications, tutorials, and other articles.
For Macromedia Flash MX developers, the kit includes the new DataGrid component for displaying data in a tabular format within Internet applications. It supports scrolling, paging, Macromedia Flash Remoting, customization, editable cells, and custom cell renderers.
Also for Macromedia Flash MX, the Media Component lets developers deploy various media types including video within their content. In addition, the Macromedia Flash UI Component Set 3 is said to help streamline user interface development.
For Dreamweaver MX developers, the kit contains extensions for Website building and application development. The extensions help display data in PHP applications, add functions to the file menu in Dreamweaver, and edit themes for sites developed using Radio Userland for editing Weblogs.
Sorenson Enhances Squeeze, Vcast
Sorenson Media, a provider of video-compression software and delivery services, last week announced the availability of updated versions of Sorenson Squeeze (for Macromedia Flash MX and QuickTime) and Sorenson Vcast.
Feature sets for expanded import file formats, SWF file stitching that enables play of long video movies in Macromedia Flash Player 6, Vcast delivery support for Microsoft Producer files, One-Pass Variable Bit Rate (VBR) encoding, and support for "edge" delivery of longer SWF files are among the product enhancements.
In order to overcome video file length restrictions for video playback within the Macromedia Flash Player 6, Sorenson Squeeze for Macromedia Flash MX now enables users to encode longer video files by creating "stitched" SWF files for smooth continuous play.
Stitched output files can then be served centrally from any Web server, or they can be uploaded for Content Delivery Network (CDN) delivery through Sorenson Vcast.
Anark Updates Multimedia Authoring Software
Anark Corporation recently shipped Anark Studio 1.5, a new version of its advanced multimedia authoring software. The new features are said to enhance productivity and delivery while providing an integrated media development platform that delivers broadcast-quality interactive experiences for corporate communications, computer-based training and simulations, tradeshow presentations, and interactive media presentations.
Version 1.5 lets users deliver content as a standalone application on a CD-ROM, kiosk or business presentation or in the traditional standard Web browser setting, using the free Anark Client viewing software.
New workflow enhancements include the new Assistant Palette and Storage Palette. The Assistant Palette offers lessons, tutorials, and tips in the authoring UI, while the Storage Palette provides access to content and media assets. In addition, Studio 1.5 aims to streamline the authoring process with interface elements and tools typical in multimedia, video, and scripting environments, making it an approachable media integration and development environment.
The authoring timeline adds Master Keyframes, which enable batch control over animations. Other timeline enhancements include the new Autoset Keyframe feature, said to allow fast creation of animation without the need for manual keyframe insertion.
Curious Labs Ships Poser 5
Curious Labs has begun shipping Poser 5, the new version of its 3D character-animation software. New features include: * FireFly Renderer: hybrid micro-polygon and Ray Trace render engine with subdivision surface rendering of polygons, which enables render-time polygon smoothing, displacement mapping, 3D motion blur, depth of field, and procedural textures
* Shader Trees with material nodes
* ray-traced refraction and reflection
* dynamic hair with growth, styling and physics controls * dynamic cloth with physics and parameter-controlled attributes * photo-based facial mapping, with a database of scanned 3D human heads and textures
* Morph Putty tool for interactive sculpting, and direct manipulation of facial expressions
* hierarchical parameters palette with parameter grouping functionality * hierarchical libraries with support for multiple Runtime folders * new, accurate 3D human figures with articulated hands and feet, featuring photorealistic texture maps and facial morphs from Runtime DNA * collision detection
* Content Paradise portal for in-Poser 5 access to online content resources
Poser 5 will initially be available for Windows; details about a Macintosh version will be announced later this autumn.
Xara Updates 3D Software
New from the U.K.'s Xara Ltd. is Xara3D 5, with over 30 new features or enhancements. The software can now export Flash animation .SWF vector or bitmap formats. Attributes such as shadows and textures are unsupported in vector format, so the program automatically warns of potential errors and can remove these attributes on export. Also new is the ability to turn animations into screen savers.
Other new and enhanced features include: * Style picker: Copy the attributes of one file and paste them onto another * Per character textures: Apply different textures to individual characters and choose from front or side faces
* Animation picker: Copy the animation settings of one file and paste them onto another
* Animation time line: View and Save individual frames within an animation * Per character animations: Set different animation types to individual characters
* New animation types including Typewriter, Ripple and Pulse * New animation options: The Rotate(2), Swing, and Pulsate animation types can now wave along an axis. Also, the user can now Pulsate along any one of three axes individually, and in a wave along an axis. There's also a new Overlap option
* Rotate lights and text separately
* Per character button text colors: Apply different colors to individual characters within a button
* Thumbnail file view: Image preview and file size information when exporting static bitmaps
* Frame view to Save and Reload images at a specific size * Add file comments
* Progressive JPEG export
* Four new bevel types: Fancy Incut 1 & 2, Bumpy and Ridged * Export 3D icons and animated cursors
* Text positioning
* Text zoom
* Free copy of Webster vector drawing software
Alien Skin Ships Image Doctor
Alien Skin Software last week released Image Doctor, a set of image-retouching filters for Photoshop, Fireworks, Paint Shop Pro, and other image editors. The new product is designed to remove blemishes and defects, repair over-compressed JPEGs, and replace unwanted details and objects. Potential users include professional and amateur photographers, photo editors, service bureaus, graphic designers, and Web designers.
Smart Fill replaces large objects and defects, combining the repair with the background. It can remove signs and trash from landscapes, unwanted tourists from vacation snapshots, and uninvited guests from party photos, leaving no seams.
Scratch Remover mends small defects and removes unwanted background details. It can repair scratches, folds, creases, and wrinkles. Items such as microphones, telephone poles, and text can be eliminated from photos, also.
Spot Lifter removes blemishes while preserving the texture and detail of the underlying image. It's suitable for erasing skin flaws such as moles, birthmarks, acne, and beauty marks. Users can reduce dark circles, shadows, and wrinkles around the eyes, as well as photo imperfections such as watermarks, stains and dust.
JPEG Repair lets users remove blocky compression artifacts while retaining detail and adding grain. Repairs can be made to an entire image or as needed to smaller selections. Retouchers can use the familiar selection tools of their image editor to correct imperfections in one pass.
Image Doctor is available for both Windows and Macintosh, including OS X, at an estimated street price of $129. A 30-day demo, online tutorials, and online delivery are available at http://www.alienskin.com.
Cycore Releases Cult3D Exporter for plasma
Swedish firm Cycore, a specialist in interactive 3D for e-business, last week released its Cult3D Exporter for Discreet's plasma software. plasma, a Web 3D design tool from Discreet, lets users develop Web content, including UI and navigation elements. The exporter lets users export plasma models directly to Cult3D Designer, where interactivity and functionality can be added for publication on the Web or electronic documentation.
Released last week, Cult3D Designer 5.3 features support for 3D stereo with ColorCode 3D technology where designers can add further depth and perspective. The stereo images can be viewed with paper/plastic glasses.
Other features include collision detection, progressive antialiasing, virtual walkthrough capabilities and extended Java API.
Reiss Studio Announces Poser/Maya Plug-in
Reiss Studio of Oakland, Calif. and Santa Cruz, Calif.-based Curious Labs have entered into a strategic agreement to enable Curious Labs' Poser native animation technology in Maya. Reiss Studio's new plug-in, BodyStudio, allows Poser users to render and playback animations created in Poser from within Maya.
The software gives Maya users access to large source of pre-rigged characters and props. There are over 100,000 Poser users, and a large selection of adaptable characters, and props. Most of these models are available for under $29. The characters can be animated in Poser, and the textured, animated meshes will play back in Maya. The characters can interact with all aspects of Maya, such as dynamics, modeling, and Maya Cloth.
* Importing Poser Files - Automatic recognition of pz3, pzz, and pzr files.
* Poser Animation Playback from within Maya - Create animations in Poser, or use Poser's automatic walk designer. The geometry will animate and play back in Maya.
* Make changes with Maya Construction History - After adjusting shaders or making additional deformers in Maya, change the figure's position in Poser, and the changes automatically update in Maya.
* Shader Translation - translates all shaders to Maya Shading Networks, and assigns them to the correct polygons on characters.
* Real World Scaling Presets - Multiple settings for converting Poser characters from Poser's internal scaling into Maya's units.
LightWorks Releases OS X Renderer
England's LightWork Design last week released a new version of LightWorks that provides multi-threading rendering for Mac OS X.
The multi-threaded technology in the new version of LightWorks for Mac OS X is said to give users performance increases of up to 198% when using a dual-processor computer.
MindAvenue to Add Flash Export to 3D Authorer
Coming this fall from Montreal-based MindAvenue are new import and export capabilities for AXEL, the company's 3D interactive Web authoring tool for Mac and PC.
Flash users wishing to create interactive 3D content will be able to import 2D Flash vector animations into AXEL and create interactive 3D. AXEL's interactive capabilities including sensors, relations and constraints, are based on drag-and-drop technology, requiring no programming.
Alternatively, designers can achieve a 3D environment using 2D objects and manipulating camera angles and depth variances within AXEL. Norwegian Design firm Blank Media (www.blank.no) has created an award-winning Web site using this technique. The company developed an immersive 3D environment that gives the illusion of being completely enveloped in newspaper text. Even the navigation was created in 3D, enabling visitors to choose where they want to go using a floating 3D menu.
Users will be able to export AXEL content as Flash SWF movies or AXEL files in various rendering styles such as wireframe and shading.
OpenHSF Initiative to Present at VR World Congress
The OpenHSF Initiative will make its first European appearance at the VR World Congress V in Paris today. The VR World Congress V provides the forum for the identification of prospective partners to propose projects for support by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework program as well as a platform for sharing experience and innovation.
The initiative was launched by 3D component suppliers Tech Soft America (TSA) and Spatial to establish an open, common visualization format, for the efficient exchange of rich 2D/3D data between disparate applications.
Having recently developed support and users in Asia, the OpenHSF Initiative hopes to build a stronger relationship with industry vendors in Europe to establish even greater involvement in the promotion of the standard.
Details of event: September 9, 15:15, Centre Chaillot-Galliera, Avenue George V, Paris, France
Moderator: Eric Badique, European Commission, Luxembourg Panel: Yanick Fluhmann, Tech Soft America, co-sponsor of the OpenHSF Initiative for Visual Interoperability; Anders Jepsen, Web 3D Consortium
Philips, Intel Create Multimedia Mobile Tech Platform
Royal Philips Electronics and Intel Corporation say they have collaborated to create a new digital multimedia reference platform called Pronto++ Software & Systems. The platform is designed to let Philips and its original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to create next-generation interactive, digital audio and video devices running on Intel PXA250 processors.
The platform consists of reference hardware, enabling software, and multimedia services. The PXA250 processor, part of the Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture, is based on Intel XScale technology, designed to enable low-power, high-performance building blocks for the wireless, hand-held and consumer electronic market segments.
The Pronto++ Software & Systems platform will be shown at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Sept. 9-12, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Philips will launch its first product using this platform and the Intel PXA250 processor at CEDIA Trade Show, Sept. 25-29, in Minneapolis.
M2K Releases Encyclopedia Collection
Multimedia 2000 last week released the Webster's Millennium Platinum Encyclopedia Collection, a five-CD set with new articles and updated information. The encyclopedia CD features over 50,000 articles and 20,000 biographical entries, as well as thousands of sound and video clips, photos, and maps.
The package also includes:
* Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, with over 300,000 entries, thousands of spot maps and illustrations, and over 120,000 audio pronunciations.
* The Young Student's Reference Library includes the American Concise Encyclopedia and the New World Children's Dictionary written for children, and features an easy-to-use interface.
* Webster's New World Atlas, an up-to-date CD-ROM featuring more than 10,000 maps, charts, and graphs along with political, physical, and demographic data
* Science World of Inventions CD-ROM, covering the history of human innovation with detailed illustrations and 3D animations
THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER
Sponsors Announce 3D Contest
3D software firm Electric Rain recently announced a contest for 3D and design artists to demonstrate their best work and be recognized by over 200,000 people. The Big 3D contest focuses on 3D design for the Web. The contest, which began accepting entries on September 1, will distribute over $15,000 in prizes, including full copies of Softimage|XSI, NewTek Lightwave3D, Toon Boom Studio, MindAvenue AXELedge, Electric Rain Swift 3D, Anark Studio, Ideaworks3D Optimaze!, Strata 3D Pro, and FlashForward 2003 conference pass.
Entrants must create and submit a 3D Web project that showcases four separate sub-sections sharing a common theme while demonstrating unique and innovative uses of 3D design on the Web. Entries will be posted on the Web and will be available for public viewing and voting. Projects will be judged on originality, 3D use, interactivity and overall entertainment.
Winners will receive recognition at the Flashforward2003 conference in San Francisco, and in magazines such as 3D World. All entries that meet the submission criteria will receive a free copy of Electric Rain Swift 3D version 1.0, 3D vector graphics tool for Macromedia Flash.
* Electric Rain -- 3D Flash software
* Ultrashock.com -- Flash resource site * 3D World -- Magazine for 3D artists
* Flashforward2003 -- Flash tradeshow
* Softimage -- 3D graphics and animation software * Flashkit.com -- Flash resource site
* Toon Boom -- Cartoon authoring software * Were-Here.com -- Flash resource site
* Design Marathon -- Design challenge site * Anark -- 3D new media platform
* NewTek -- 3D graphics and animation software * StudioWhiz.com -- Web resource site
* 3DMAX.com -- 3ds max resource site
* BD4D.com -- Creative Fight Club
* Flay.com -- 3D resource site
* Ideaworks3D -- Flash and game software * Cre@te Online -- Website design magazine * PopedeFlash.com -- 3D resource site
* MindAvenue -- 3D new media software
* Strata -- 3D multimedia software
Entries will be judged by the 16 sponsors as well as the general public via The Big 3D Web site.
To learn more about the contest or to submit, vote for, or email an entry, visit http://www.thebig3D.com. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2002 and prizes will be distributed on December 10, 2002.
Siggraph 2003 Calls for Participation
Siggraph 2003, the 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, which will be held 27-31 July at the San Diego Convention Center, is seeking exceptional work for its programs and experiences as well as volunteers for its services.
The Siggraph 2003 Call for Participation is looking for both first-time and veteran contributors in three areas: presentations, experiences, and services. The presentations are Courses, Educators Program, Papers, Sketches and Applications, and Web Graphics. The experiences are Art Gallery CG03: Computer Graphics 2003, Computer Animation Festival, and Emerging Technologies: Electronic Speedway. The call is also seeking volunteers and support for services, which are GraphicsNet, International Resources, Pathfinders, and Student Opportunities.
Detailed information on how to submit and the submission deadlines can be found at http://www.siggraph.org/s2003/cfp.
Her Interactive Signs Distro Deal with Infogrames
Her Interactive, a developer of interactive entertainment for girls and women, has signed an affiliated label deal with Infogrames. The terms of the two-year agreement grant Infogrames the exclusive U.S. rights to distribute Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand and Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake to the retail channel. The characters and stories used in the games are based on the best-selling Nancy Drew books.
In Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand, coming in mid-September, an internship at a museum offers Nancy a crash course in Mayan culture.
Suddenly the museum alarms sound; a priceless Mexican relic has been stolen, and the only clue is a sinister scarlet handprint. As Nancy Drew, players investigate a string of mysterious thefts to uncover a long-buried secret.
In Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake, due out in November, a friend's frantic note sends Nancy on the trail of a mysterious pack of dogs, whose glowing eyes and mournful howls threaten to chase the girls away forever.
Locals say that the dogs have come back from the grave to protect the secrets of their master. Nancy must figure out if the ghostly legends are true or if there is a flesh and blood answer to their howling.
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
Activision, Creative Assembly Ship Medieval: Total War
Just out from Activision and The Creative Assembly is real-time strategy game Medieval: Total War. The sequel to Shogun: Total War places gamers in medieval Europe and North Africa as they attempt to rewrite history through a mixture of battles, trade, diplomacy and resource management.
The game supports real-time 3D battles of more than 10,000 troops and over 100 unique unit types, including knights, infantry and siege engines, in terrain such as deserts, forest, plains and mountains. Players develop battle strategies and tactics as they unleash their forces against medieval castles and mighty fortresses with weapons including long-bows, muskets, cannons and catapults that can pound castle walls and buildings to rubble.
Black Isle Ships Icewind Dale II
Interplay recently shipped Icewind Dale II, developed by its Black Isle Studios division. The sequel to RPG Icewind Dale features BioWare Infinity Engine and uses the third-edition AD&D core rules within the Forgotten Realms adventure campaign setting under licenses by Wizards of the Coast.
The game hosts a variety of new weapons, armor and magical items, and expands upon the gameplay elements found in the original Icewind Dale. It expands character customization options with feats and skills such as Power Attack and Diplomacy, new character classes such as Barbarian and Sorcerer, and new playable races including the Drow, the dark elves of the Underdark, and the celestial hybrid Aasimar. The game includes over 50 new spells such as Executioner's Eyes and Aegis, bringing the total to over 300 spells, almost all of which have been revamped for the new rule set.
Sony Ships PS2 Online Component
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. recently released its Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem) for PlayStation2. The company says it will initially ship 400,000 units of the $40 adaptor this calendar year and expects cumulative shipments to reach 500,000 units by March 31, 2003.
The connectivity device combines a 10/100 Ethernet connection with a 56K V.90 analog modem. In addition to NFL GameDay and SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs, other online titles available for PlayStation 2 at launch include: * Twisted Metal:Black Online -- Up to eight players can play on a broadband connection, or two players using an analog connection, with four game modes, including Death Match, Last Man Standing, Man Hunt and Collector.
* Madden NFL 2003 from EA Sports -- online lobby; download current player rosters; challenge other players.
* SEGA Sports NFL 2K3 from Sega of America -- Compete head-to-head with other online players
Video Games Fight Off Cool Retail Environment
A strong video game line-up combined with consumers who favor closer-to-home entertainment could keep video game sales stronger through the rest of the year, finds a new report by Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
"Concerns with travel and the economy means consumers are turning to at-home diversions and video games are benefiting," said interactive entertainment analyst Jeff Vilensky. "This is really one segment of retail that continues to show staying power through the remainder of the year."
The sector generated more than $9 billion in revenue in 2001, up 40% from 2000. So far this year, video game sales have grown 20%. According to Vilensky, what remains of 2002 looks just as promising. "Price cuts in video game hardware helped to set off mass market adoption," said Vilensky.
"As that adoption continues, we expect the sector to thrive."
New titles tied to summer box office hits like Spider-Man and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones are also expected to drive growth in the fall. And with the holiday selling season just months away, Vilensky finds no softening in demand. "Consumers are willing to spend even on the most expensive games," said Vilensky. "Titles like Madden 2003 and Medal of Honor Frontline garnered huge pre-release demand which translated into record-breaking sales."
One area of concern, however, is teenage unemployment, which rose to 17.9% in 2002. "Teens are high on the list of video game consumers so it's important to keep an eye on their discretionary income," said Vilensky.
"But as far as leisure goes, this is still one of the most inexpensive forms of in-home entertainment."
Luxology Adds Exluna Ex-Prexy to Advisory Board
Luxology LLC, a San Francisco-based technology group founded earlier this year by LightWave 3D creators Allen Hastings and Stuart Ferguson, recently added Beth Loughney, president and general manager of Exluna, to its board of advisors. Exluna was subsequently acquired by Nvidia, which halted development of the former's Entropy rendering software.
Loughney is working with Luxology as a consultant and advisor in matters of operations and corporate governance. She joined Exluna in December 2000 as CEO and president with 13 years in product management, market strategy, and organizational management. Loughney worked previously on international deal-making as a program manager and policy wonk in arms control and disarmament, and was part of the US Co-operative Threat Reduction program, which helped to institute export-control programs and nuclear material-control systems in the former Soviet Union.
Web3D Event Coming to San Jose
The Web3D Consortium is hosting Acacia Research Group's second annual 3D on the Web & Beyond executive forum. The event, taking place October 16-17 at the San Jose Hilton & Towers, San Jose, Calif., aims to let participants address business- and technology-related issues facing the industry today, bringing together nearly 40 experts to discuss the future of 3D on the Web.
Confirmed speakers include:
* Ken Deaton, Founder & CEO, 3DNA
* Arthur Orduna, VP/Marketing, Canal+ Technologies * Jenny Donelan, Computer Graphics World * Jim Connelley, Director of Business Development, Cybelius * Ted Ianuzzi, CEO, Cycore North America * Chris Ford, Animation Product Line Manager, Discreet * Tim Harrington, Senior VP/Engineering, Eyematic * Arthur Zwern, President, Geometrix
* Seth Reames, Overseas Marketing Manager, Hi Corp.
* Rick Benoit, Strategic Marketing Manager, Intel * Roger Chandler, Market Development Manager/Emerging Platform Labs, Intel * Gene Feroglia, President & CEO, iSurfTV * John Hanke, CEO, Keyhole
* Miriam Geller, Senior Product Manager/Director & Shockwave Player, Macromedia
* Paul Babb, President & CEO, Maxon Computer * Tony Parisi, President, Media Machines * Mike Pell, Lead Program Manager/MSN Mobile, Microsoft * Benoit Cloutier, Co-Founder & CTO, MindAvenue * Don Brutzman, Naval Postgraduate School * Arnie Cachelin, LightWave Development Manager, NewTek * John Austin, President & CEO, Numerical Design Ltd.
* Mark Yahiro, President, Pulse
* Michael Lynch, CEO, Right Hemisphere
* Jim Giebutowski, Director of Content Publishing, SolidWorks * Rick Rafey, Director/ePlatform Technology Center, Sony Corp. of America * Tony Miranti, President, TechniCon
* Ron Fritz, Managing Partner, TechSoft America * Anil Sabharwal, Director of Product Marketing, Viewpoint * Neil Trevett, President, Web3D Consortium & Khronos Group * Alex St. John, President & CEO, WildTangent
Visit http://www.acaciarg.com/products/events/Web2002/Web2002pre.htm to register.
Visit http://www.acaciarg.com/products/events/Web2002/Web2002prog.htm to view the current program.
Pop!Tech 2002 Announces Speaker Lineup
Pop!Tech, a conference on the collision of technology and culture, says physicist Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and author of A New Kind of Science, will join its lineup of speakers for its fall conference, taking place October 18 - 20, 2002 in Camden, Maine.
"Wolfram is exploring how complexity - beauty even - emerges from certain kinds of simplicity," said Bob Metcalfe, president of Pop!Tech. "His audacious new computing paradigm begins to show how the real world might emerge from structures akin to those generating artificial worlds, which makes him perfect for Pop!Tech 2002."
The conference will take place during peak foliage season in the newly restored Camden Opera House, with a focus strong on interpersonal networking.
Additional speakers & moderators:
* Amy Bruckman, Asst. Professor, Georgia Institute of Tech, Electronic Learning Communities
* Will Calhoun, drummer
* Bruce Damer, founder, DigitalSpace
* Tom DeMarco, principal, Atlantic Systems Guild * Judith Donath, head of MIT Media Lab's Sociable Media Group * Simson Garfinkel, CTO, Sandstorm Enterprises; journalist * Dan Gillmor, columnist, San Jose Mercury News * General Paul Gorman, US Army, Ret.; founder, Cardinal Point * Henry Jenkins, director of MIT's Comparative Media Studies Program * Gerard Jones, creator and analyst of popular culture * Amy Jo Kim, behavioral neuroscientist * Angus S. King, Jr., governor, State of Maine * Ray Kurzweil, founder and developer of four AI businesses * Polly LaBarre, senior editor, Fast Company * Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer * Steve Larsen, partner, Saint Paul Venture Capital * Bob Metcalfe, venture partner, Polaris Venture Partners * Joe Pine, co-founder, Strategic Horizons * Jordan Pollack, AI pioneer
* Lauren Rabinovitz, chair, University of Iowa's American studies department * Howard Rheingold, author of Virtual Reality and The Virtual Community * John Sculley, partner, Sculley Brothers LLC; co-founder, InPhonic * Tiffany Shlain, founder, Webby Awards * Alexander Shulgin, psychedelic pharmacologist * Alvy Ray Smith, founder of Pixar
* Eliot Soloway, professor
* Warren Spector, game designer
* Linda Stone, former VP, Microsoft
* Noel Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul and Mary * Sherry Turkle, author and professor
* Vernor Vinge, science fiction author
Pop!Tech, officially known as the Camden Technology Conference, was founded in 1997 to explore the impact of technology on human culture. Hosted annually in the seaside village of Camden, Maine, the Camden Technology Conference is a non-profit organization focused on uniting thought leaders to network, share knowledge, and discuss the effects of technology on society at its Pop!Tech conferences. The audience is limited to 500 attendees
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