Tony and Mark – supported by a global community of technologists, enthusiasts and dreamers – brought 3D to the brand-new Web with
VRML. This episode features Owen Rowley, Neil Redding, Linda Jacobson, Brian Behlendorf, John McCrea, Coco Conn — and Neal Stephenson.
Read the interview with Jaron Lanier in that changed Mark’s life. MONDO 2000 issue 2
Homebrew VR“, written by Linda Jacobson, in WIRED magazine, issue 1.
Use Windows? Have a play with ‘Labyrinth’, the world’s first 3D Web browser,
here. You can explore the ‘Cyberbanana’ – and ‘Daniel’s Room’, the first public demonstration of VRML, for SIGKIDS 1994.
“Coco’s Channel” a
WIRED article about Coco Conn’s work creating SIGKIDS. Read it here.
Read ‘Cyberspace’, the paper describing VRML that Mark presented at the First International Conference on the World Wide Web.
Read the VRML 1.0 spec
A gallery of wonderful images from VERGE (thanks to Linda Jacobson for these!)
At the end of the episode, Neal Stephenson recounts the story of a panel he sat through – which inspired him to write
Snow Crash. Read it here…
50 years later, both creators and keepers of the flame for the ‘Mother of All Demos’ reflect on how 1968 changed the world — for all of us.
On 9 December 1968, Doug Engelbart gave the ‘Mother of All Demos’ – and the world changed.
On 9 December 2018, some of the luminaries of the Internet gathered to commemorate the Golden Anniversary of the Mother of All Demos.
We had a chance to talk with some of them, weaving their stories together into one of our own…
Elizabeth ‘Jake’ Feinler ran the Network Information Center for SRI.
Marc Weber is a curator at the Computer History Museum.
Charles Irby walked into the Demo by accident – and it changed his life.
Jeff Rulifson was lead software architect for the oNLine System.
Bob Taylor was head of the IPTO at ARPA – taking over from Ivan Sutherland, who took over from JCR Licklider. The Demo was his idea.
Andy van Dam is a professor at Brown, and a luminary in the field of computer graphics.
Vint Cerf is the father of the Internet.
Howard Rheingold was so impressed by NLS that he talked his way into Doug’s Human Augmentation Research Center at SRI.
Sir Tim-Berners Lee is the father of the Web.
Tony Parisi is the Global Head of VR/AR Brand Solutions at Unity – and co-creator (with Mark Pesce) of the Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML).