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Mark Pesce



Internationally recognized as the man who brought virtual reality into the World Wide Web, Mark Pesce has been exploring the frontiers of the future for nearly two decades. The author of three books - including a classic text, Browsing and Building Cyberspace, which sold over 70,000 copies in six languages - Pesce is widely respected as a technologist who possesses vision in equal measure to his technical prowess, paired with a unique ability to translate abstract concepts into concrete explanations. A frequent habitue of the lecture circuit, Pesce recently completed a series of talks for "The Next 20 Years" lecture series, sharing the stage with Paul Saffo of The Institute of the Future and MIT's Michael Dertuzos. Known for captivating his audiences with a mixture of storytelling and hard-edged science, Pesce has spoken before audiences around the world. While the technology press quotes Pesce frequently, mainstream publications such as Forbes ASAP, TIME Digital, WIRED and The New York Times have profiled him and his views on the future of interactivity. A well-respected journalist, Pesce has written for WIRED, Feed Magazine, Salon Magazine, and numerous Ziff-Davis periodicals. In September of 1998, Pesce received an appointment as Chair of the Interactive Media Program at the University of Southern California's world-renowned School of Cinema-Television. His mandate - to bring cinema and broadcast television into the interactive era - led him to create a program that encourages creative vision and is producing a generation of entertainment professionals shaping the media of the next century.

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