SPACE COLONIES: A 3D COMPUTER SIMULATION AND SPACE RESEARCH PROJECT


Space colonization, a natural extension of virtual reality technologies, will develop as an outgrowth of interactive communities currently online with electronic networks. Space Colonies includes development of a homepage for the World Wide Web with a 3D computer-generated model and a research database with information that can be accessed and received globally.

In the present version, a double click on the space colony leads to a larger view of the model. Hypertext explains the project's purpose (to begin the design for future colonization in space) and lists current research topics related to human needs in an artificial environment. This project represents a beginning study for design of an actual space colony, an outer space environment that can accommodate approximately 56 humans who can maintain their species' survival. The project is networked for interactive collaboration. In the conference area, viewers can study the 3D design for the colony on the computer terminal and offer feedback on the design.

The intention of this exhibit is to prepare humans to visualize a future of change on their planet and to facilitate a collective effort to prepare for that future. Although the need to colonize space has not been acknowledged by government authorities, Earth's environment shows definite signs of a future in which it will be necessary, at minimum, to build artificial environments on earth for human protection and life extension. A step beyond this possible future is development of similar environments in space.


Paras Kaul
Paras West Productions
11714 Goshen Avenue, Apartment 204
Brentwood, California 90049 USA
parasw@liberty.com
http://www.well.com/www/parasw/


Contributors

Design
Crystl Peritore
McClatchy High School
Sacramento, California USA
+1.916.446.5344

Communications
Masahiro Kahata
Psychic Labs Inc.
280 Park Avenue South, Suite G
New York, New York 10010
USA
+1.212.353.1669

Gohsuke Takama
Meta Sound
Tokyo, Japan

Dominic DeMaggio
Sound Production, LA
Deep River Books

Special Thanks To
Voice Author/Shaman
Terrence McKenna


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