For Immediate Release
Stop: April 23, 1996
Heather Roberson: Sun Solutions
Peter H. Rosen: 415 776-0821
Kids in Cyberspace
Making the Internet a peaceful place to be
San Francisco - April 11, 1996 -- Visionary Artists' Resources Including Other Unique Services (V.A.R.I.O.U.S.), announces the launch of the worlds first EarthStation; an international Web site for children who want to post their personal message of peace. This 3-D Virtual Reality repository will collect and carry the hopes and dreams of children olf all ages, in the debut of "Solutions: A CU-SeeMe KidCast for Peace". CU-SeeMe videoconferencing technology, already in place in some schools around the world, will allow live interaction between school children, audiences in cyberspace, gatherings in cybercafes and people at home world wide. The celebration will begin Friday, April 19,1996 at 2:00 p.m. PST at Creativity Café(tm) KidCast Central, 1137 Howard Street, in San Francisco's California Recording Institute.
"Our hope is to inspire the use of art and technology for healing our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls," says World Wide Web pioneer Peter H. Rosen, founder of V.A.R.I.O.U.S. and producer of Creativity Café, a "New School for the Next Millennium;" CyberPlay space and networking salon. The KidCast will allow children of all ages to express what *they* think we should do to make the world a happier, healthier and safer place.
At KidCast Central, representitives from ParaGraph International, Autodesk, and Macromedia, will teach children how to use the latest creativity tools for expressing their hopes, dreams and desires for a world they will inherit.
They will learn about the Internet, the World Wide Web, different graphic design and 3-D modeling software. Using their new found tools, the kids will be free to express their concern about the environment, war, and offer solutions to global problems, free from political biases and social conformity. Hardware and software is being provided by generous sponsors who share in a vision of peace.
The technology behind it all:
A series of computers around the world will be configured by White Pine Software as CU-SeeMe reflectors. A reflector can facilitate up to 8 active videocasters and 20 "lukers", people who can only watch and listen. Most schools and cybercafes are equipped with modems that transmit data at 28.8 kilobaud. Since everyone defaults to the lowest speed on the reflector, the transmission will tend to be slightly disjointed as compared to ISDN connection to the Internet. However, over time this will change and improve as new compression techniques are developed and fiber optics, cable, and direct satellite links reach the masses.
The EarthStation is a grand experiment.
We are constructing this repository with Virtual Reality Modeling Language, and exploring ways for interfacing various 3-D modeling software, WWW pages, and CU-SeeMe broadcasts so that everyone will be able to enjoy the technologies and the wisdom of the children participating in this year's KidCast for Peace.
Partial list of sponsors:
V.A.R.I.O.U.S., a 501(c)3 community benefit organization, is opening up new markets with their innovative Creativity Café a "New School for the Next Millennium." For more information visit Creativity Café's KidCast Central at: <http://creativity.net/ccafe/kidcast2.html>.
Anyone interested in participating in or sponsoring the KidCast for Peace please contact Peter H. Rosen at <CCafe@creativity.net> or (415) 776-0821.
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