Social Networks, Planetary Visualization & Dynamic InfoScapes - 2D,
McBean Theatre, Exploratorium, San Francisco
Monday June 10, 6pm to 10pm
(OUR HOUSE IS FULL & WE HAVE ADDED A SECOND
SCREEN FOR THE MAIN SCREEN PRESENTATIONS. DOORS OPEN FOR THE MCBEAN AT
5:30 AND MCBEAN THEATRE CLOSES PROMPTLY AT 6PM. PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME
- LATE ARRIVALS WILL VIEW MAIN PRESENTATIONS FOR PROGRAM 1 ON THE SECOND
The World Wide Web
is continually evolving into its next form. This meeting and series of
presentations will introduce many of the leaders in the next generation
of web-based information visualization technologies to each other and
will offer a full-screen visual feast of what is possible in dynamic information
landscapes in 2D, 3D and more. Presentations will include agent driven
information technologies, dynamic social network technologies, computational
modeling and the newest generation of tools for geospatial visualization,
collaborative visualization and telepresence.
| Program 1| Reception &
Open Multiscreen Session | Program
2 | Howard Bloom Tele-Address
Closing by Jim Herriot
Challenge – We are rapidly entering a time unprecedented in history. We
are collectively being challenged to meet this period of accelerated globalization
and communication with new solutions, well suited to the latest generation
of information technologies. The distributed evolution of the World Wide
Web and today’s growth of both broadband and wireless technologies have
presented us with both opportunities and landmines. This is a time in
which a critical mass of visionaries and vision must match the technologies
that have been deployed since the Internet was in its infancy.
is a response to the need for us to collectively assess and develop a
new breed of network tools, information ecologies, and predictive tools
for deployment through the WWW. These tools will enable us to:
Welcome & Opening
UP FOR A CREATIVE EPIPHANY, OR JUST BEFORE THE SUN COMES OUT
Jim Herriot PhD,
www.herriot.com & www.biosgroup.com
Time was when the King of Productivity ruled the land. We complied.
Even computers complied. But times have changed. Game over. History
has grandly rounded a corner. Now Creativity in Her greater majesty
enlightens our fertile land. Computers are happy. Lowly data processors
have become artists' easels. We humans co-create with these eager
dry-ware partners daily. And now we're invited live our lives imaginatively
in those spacious moments of "just BEFORE" the next Creative Epiphany.
Appropriately, this talk will come just before a the visual feast
of the evening, a quantum leap in envisioning, QuantumVIZ.
Collaborative Knowledge Mapping & Agent-based
DYNAMIC SOCIAL NETWORKS
Valdis Krebs (remote) and Jan Hauser
Valdis Krebs will discuss via voice, his pioneering work in dynamic
social networks, including organizational networks, computer network
and terrorist networks. How are they are similar, and how they are
different? Where are they are strong, and where they are weak?
SOURCE INTELLIGENCE & EMERGENT COLLABORATION: DYNAMIC DATAVIZ
William Moulton, Navagent & Surf3D http://www.navagent.com/products/gallery/animation/
Moulton will discuss the challenge of using visualization tools to
correlate a constellation of connectivity between the realworld networks
(location-based geographic topologies), knowledge networks (analytical
or data-based conceptual topologies) and social engagement networks
(human process and collaboration-based associations).
SOFTWARE: Quantum Hyperspace & MorphableND
Ted Nelson, Founder, Project Xanadu (the original hypertext project)
Computers are born free, yet everywhere they are in chains. Able to
represent any imaginable construct, the computer has instead been
lowered to simulating hierarchy and paper (today's interfaces and
applications). Zzstructure (trademarked in the USA as ZigZag®) is
a system of constructs designed as building blocks for a new computer
world-- without files, hierarchy or applications, but far easier to
use-- offering simple exploration, casual database, and far easier
programmability. ZigZag software is also intended for both discrete
and continuous high-power visualizations-- allowing multidimensional
morphing of both individual objects and the viewing space (MorphableND™).
Wine & Hors d'oeuvres Reception
WITH SURPRISE GUESTS & AVATARS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.... Video
Conferencing, 3D Worlds and more. Bruce will show work being done
by DigitalSpace for USRA/RIACS and NASA to model a "day in the life
on Mars" where activities aboard a human Mars lander are recreated
in 3D space. www.atmospherians.com
All Teleschmoozing will be seen on the big screen and on the Hitachi
AirSho Display System, a unique and eye-catching leading edge display
technology. Consisting of a high-lumen Hitachi LCD projector and a
micro-thin screen, the AirSho Display System is able to transform
virtually any transparent surface into a vibrant holographic display.
The Web Interface for Telescience (WITS) has been developed by NASA
to enable scientists to participate in Mars lander and rover missions
from their home institutions. WITS provides downlink data visualization
and uplink sequence generation. Distributed collaboration enables
groups of geographically distributed users to collaboratively view
downlink data and collaboratively generate uplink sequences. Paul
Backes (remote link from Southern California).
LIVE VoiceLink with James Burke, of CONNECTIONS
James Burke and his Knowledge Web project, pushes the study of history
to the leading edge of science, technology, information visualization
and representation. The Knowledge Web Project is creating a networked
learning tool to bring history alive for K12 students in the US and
eventually around the world. In his many books and innovative award
winning television series, Burke, the well-known historian of innovation,
has developed a unique approach to making the stories of history vivid
by illuminating the serendipitous nature of connections in the history
of science and invention. He will take a few moments to introduce
the QVIZ attendees to the exciting potential of the "Knowledge
Web." His California partner, Professor Patrick McKercher, will
continue the discussion and demonstration of this volunteer collaboration
across the continents.
Multi-screen Open Session - Simulation and Collaboration
- All main screen presentations will continue on their own screen during
the multi-screen sessions
& COLLABORATION IN MULTI-USER 3D
Adobe Atmosphere: Michael Kaplan , Adobe, Inc. & Bruce Damer DigitalSpace
Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace and Michael Kaplan of Adobe will take
turns touring attendees through the fantastic worlds of Adobe's new
Atmosphere multi user 3D platform. Converse with other people from
around the world dressed in their "avatars" and walking through digital
landscapes. Michael Heim will join Bruce from Southern California
to show his work with "quantum avatars," and discuss the
feng shui of virtual space. Highlights from the 2001 Avatars Cyberconference,
an all-online event that has been called "the Burning Man of bits"
will be toured and its story told (see www.ccon.org).
THROUGH HISTORY - THE JAMES BURKE KNOWLEDGE WEB PROJECT
Patrick McKercher http://www.k-web.org
The Knowlege Web
is an international grassroots effort working with James Burke to
realize his vision of making the sort of pinball trips through history
he popularized in his Connections books and television series available
on the WWW. Moreover, users will be able to create and share their
own journeys, as well a contribute their own content. Not only will
users be able to fly through time and space, but they will be able
to enter immersive virtual reality spaces to interact with historical
figures and objects with other peole all over the world in realtime.
& DISTRIBUTED MEDICAL INTELLIGENCE
Dave Warner MD PhD www.medibolt.com
Warner will demonstrate a new approach to multi-sensory experiences
of information that allow faster and more comprehensive decision making
over large medical and biological datasets.
- ELEVATING THE HUMAN-COMPUTER EXPERIENCE
Jonathan Lindo, Muse Communications www.musecorp.com
Muse is a next-generation visualization and networking software architecture.
Software Architect, Jonathan Lindo will demonstrate a brand new comprehensive
client/server technology that combines the sensory impact of television
with the interactive and networking capabilities of the Internet.
This broadband multi-user3D platform displays pictures, movies, music,
live webpages and more in a 3D space to share with other users online.
Buckminster Fuller coined the term Spaceship Earth almost 50 years
ago to help us see our world as a magnificent life-sustaining system,
requiring the cooperation of the entire crew - everyone on Earth -
in order to thrive. Joshua Arnow, president of the Buckminster Fuller
Institute, will present spaceshipEARTH®, a web based initiative currently
in development. spaceshipEARTH will provide comprehensive design science
education, networking tools and action resources that focus on the
most urgent design challenge humans have ever faced - equitably meeting
the needs of all humanity without undermining the ecological integrity
of Earth's natural systems. The EARTHscope will be the main feature
of the demonstration. EARTHscope is a brand new new tool designed
to help people grasp the critical choices that will shape humanity's
future, by displaying interactive and animated data about the state
of the Earth and our possible futures.
- 8:10 pm
A Word from our Hosts at the Exploratorium
Ron Hipschman www.exploratorium.edu
Conaway, Director of Resource Development Exploratorium Center for
Media and Communication
Ron Hipschman and Doug Conaway will say a few words about the Exploratorium's
2002 live webcast programming that includes the solar eclipse webcast
of June 10. He will also announce the Exploratorium's plans for unveiling
and implementing Internet2.
- 9:15 pm
Global Sustainability, Planetary Visualization &
– GEOSPATIAL VISUALIZATION TOOLKIT
Hansen, Chuck Stein Geofusion www.geofusion.com
Hansen will demonstrate the broad-ranging capabilities of GeoFusion,
Inc.'s GeoMatrix digital earth software system, which allows virtually
unlimited amounts of image, terrain, and other data to be organized
and efficiently delivered to a computer graphics screen for interactive
viewing. The software is architected as a development toolkit which
any software team can use as a basis for special-purpose applications.
The scope of operation is inherently global (spherical) and effectively
manages and coordinates local areas of differing data types and resolutions.
Ultimately, the GeoMatrix system is a way for distributed, geo-referenced
(3D) data to be combined over the Internet.
- UNIVERSAL DASHBOARD
Jim Fournier, Joe Firmage www.manyone.net
ManyOne is a new not-for-profit distributed portal architecture partnering
with NGO’s in support of the Earth Charter. A large client-side cache
allows rich 3D graphics over 28.8, enabling a new navigation dashboard
based on a scientifically rigorous iconic taxonomy. An open software
pool may allow developers to offer extensible software components
to the membership, and then receive revenue in proportion to how much
each is used.
COLLABORATORIES: A STATE-OF-THE-ART PARADIGM FOR SHARING RESOURCES
FOR RESEARCH & EDUCATION
Nestor J. Zaluzec, Argonne National Laboratory http://tpm.amc.anl.gov/
User Facilities have traditionally been instrument-driven resources,
in which are located state-of-the-art technologies used to characterize
materials and their structure, ranging from macroscopic to atomic
dimensions. While this has been a fruitful process, the next generation
of research and educational centers will be science driven and will
seek to meld a combination of multidisciplinary approaches to creating
and exploring the exotic behavior of new classes of materials, chemical
and biological processes, or to study the fundamental building blocks
of nature. To accomplish this task, it will be necessary not only
to put together the brick, mortar and instruments, which will house
the tools for synthesis, fabrication, characterization, and modeling
of such systems, but also to revolutionize the way researchers, educators
and students interact and share their knowledge across multidisciplinary
boundaries. One approach in achieving this end is the collaboratory
concept. To accelerate the manner in which new technology is introduced
into mainstream science, one must provide a mechanism by which technological
advances are practically and rapidly put into use. The TelePresence
Collaboratories established at ANL for Microscopy ( ANL TPM - http://tpm.amc.anl.gov)
and Earthquake Engineering (NEESGrid- http://neestpm.mcs.anl.gov)
are examples of these attempts.
SATELLITE GLOBE FROM WORLDFX!
www.realworldfx.com or www.worldsat.ca
This 5' inflatable Earth replica manufactured by Cincinnati-based
Worldfx, Inc. was assembled using a 1km/pixel satellite image provided
by WorldSat International of Mississauga, Ontario. WorldSat International
compiled hundreds of individual scenes from NOAA's polar-orbiting,
Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) to complete this
beautiful mosaic. The globe provides heretofore unknown perspectives
on our planet and demonstrates the interconnected nature of all things.
Earth's bio-regions and underwater topography are clearly depicted
in this model which is a symbolic milestone in the history of humankind's
steady progression towards viewing and understanding the Earth as
a whole. (ongoing exhibit in the main entry hall)
"A Wish List For Digitopia" - Tele-Address by Howard Bloom
Howard Bloom is the acclaimed author
of Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the
21st Century and The Lucifer Principle.
"Howard Bloom…may just be the new Stephen
Hawking, only he's not interested in science alone; he's interested in
the soul." Aaron Hicklin, Gear Magazine
"I have met God, and he lives in Brooklyn.
…Howard Bloom is next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton,
Darwin, Einstein, Freud, and Buckminster Fuller…he is going to change
the way we see ourselves and everything around us."
Richard Metzger, creative director, The Disinformation Company, host
of Channel Four TV Britain's Disinfo Nation.
"Readers will be mesmerized by the mirror
Bloom holds to the human condition, and dumbfounded by the fusillade of
eclectic data that arrives with the swiftness and intensity of a furious
tennis volley. His style is effortless, engaging, witty and brisk....
He draws on a dozen years of research into a jungle of scholarly fields...and
meticulously supports every bit of information...." Washington Post
Bloom is a Visiting Scholar--New York University Founder: International
Paleopsychology Project; member: New York Academy of Sciences, American
Association for the Advancement of Science, American Psychological Society,
Academy of Political Science, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, International
Society of Human Ethology; founding board member: Epic of Evolution Society;
advisory board member: Youthactivism.org; executive editor -- New Paradigm
book series. www.howardbloom.net
- 10:15 pm
Into the Dream, Reawakening to QuantumVIZ
Jim Herriot PhD, www.herriot.com
Laptops are closed. Projectors are put away. But something is different
now. Mere keyboards and screens have morphed into tableaus of human creativity.
As we walk out into the night air, perhaps Buckminster Fuller's voice
will call out to us: Time to map out new geodesics of our imaginations.
Time to dream new Dreams. This is not a closing, but an opening -- an
invitation to invent, to build, to take ever bolder quantum jumps in visualization,
and to reawaken together soon to the bright screens of QuantumVIZ 2.
is dedicated to the spirit and vision
of the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century -
R. Buckminster Fuller
QuantumVIZ Event Organizers
Volunteers and Tech Support
Diana R. Trimble
Tech & Graphics Sponsors
Pat Flanagan, Flantech www.flantech.com
Joshua Arnow, spaceshipEARTH www.spaceshipearth.org
Bobby Jaber, Porcelainia - Virtual Metaphors of Geometric Proportion www.porcelainia.com
Studio Creatif (France Telecom) www.rd.francetelecom.fr/studio-creatif
MUSE Corporation www.musecorp.com
Virtual World Studio www.virtualworldstudio.com
Steve Young, The Forever Young Foundation. www.foreveryoung.org
Contact Consortium www.ccon.org
Munday & Collins www.mundayandcollins.com
Glen Grillo, Arcane Realities www.arcanerealities.com
Bonnie & Tony DeVarco
Thanks to the Exploratorium, San Francisco
QuantumVIZ is a project of PlaNetwork, a California 501 (c)3