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Avatars & Exploration: Reality to Cyberspace
Richard Garriott
September 27, 2022
6:00 pm
 - 8:00 pm
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Avatars & Exploration: Reality to Cyberspace

You’re invited to experience A Species Between Worlds: Our Nature, Our Screens — an immersive journey that explores the growing tension between our humanity and the allure of the virtual sphere.

Created by artist, photographer, and Explorers Club 50 Honoree John Mack, this month-long exhibition is opening up vital conversations about who we are, where we are going, and what actions we can take to ensure the survival of the natural world.

On Tuesday, September 27, Explorers Club President Richard Garriott will join Mack for a special event at the exhibit – “Avatars & Exploration: Reality to Cyberspace”

The Explorers Club leads the world in exploration of land, air sea and space… but, did you know Club President Richard Garriott also lead humanity deep into cyberspace with a 40 year career in video games?

He created the now ubiquitous term “avatar” and the field of MMO Virtual Worlds.

Come hear TEC President Richard Garriott de Cayeux discuss the origins of Avatars and MMO’s, and the powerful and important role they can play now and in the future.

Then Richard will be joined by John Mack, creator of “A Species Between Worlds” to dig into the “dark side” of our virtual existence — what are we losing, as we begin to “tune out” of the magnificent and obviously important reality we live in now.

FREE for all Club Members and guests

September 27, 2022
6:00 pm
 - 8:00 pm
Reserve a Seat
Richard Garriott
Game Developer, Entrepreneur, Private Astronaut

Richard Garriott de Cayeux currently serves as the President of the Explorers Club. He is a founding father of the videogame industry and the commercial spaceflight industry, a flown astronaut, and the first explorer to have explored pole to pole, orbited the Earth, and reached the deepest point in the Ocean.

Richard has been inducted into the computer gaming hall of fame and received the industry lifetime achievement award. He is credited with creating the now ubiquitous term “avatar” for one’s virtual self and the category of massively multiplayer games (MMORPGs). He authored the acclaimed Ultima Series and has built 3 leading gaming companies: Origin Systems (sold to Electronic Arts), Destination Games (sold to NCsoft) and Portalarium.

As a principal shaper of the commercial spaceflight industry, he cofounded Space Adventures, the only company to arrange space flights for private citizens and is the sixth private astronaut to live aboard the International Space Station. The son of a NASA astronaut, he became the first second-generation astronaut, served on NASA advisory Council, and has been a key leader in civilian and commercial space through institutions such as the Challenger Center for Science Education, the XPRIZE Foundation, and Space Adventures.

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