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Mark Pesce

Internationally renowned as an inventor, engineer, writer, and educator, Pesce is the man who brought virtual reality into the World Wide Web as co-author of VRML. For nearly two decades Pesce has used his extensive knowledge of computer networking and interface design to produce novel and useful innovations for computer users worldwide.

At least fifty million computers around the world are VRML software enabled, and it has become a core component of the MPEG-4 standard, which will bring interactive capabilities to a broad array of consumer electronics. Pesce has written five books, including The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination (Ballantine Books, 2000), and spent two years establishing and running the Interactive Media Program at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television.