SIGGRAPH 2004: Keynotes


    Bruce Sterling, science fiction writer, speculates on what happens when graphic simulation conquers the world.

    A picture is worth a thousand words. A model is worth a thousand pictures. What happens when there’s no longer any practical difference between computer-generated models and physical, manufactured objects? Desktop fabrication is a lab curiosity — so far — but what happens to societies, markets, industries, and professions when you can push “print” and spit out a bicycle?

    Immediately before the keynote address, ACM SIGGRAPH presents the Computer Graphics Achievement Award to Hugues Hoppe, Microsoft Research; the Significant New Researcher Award to Zoran Popović, The University of Washington; and the Outstanding Service Award to Judith R. Brown, The University of Iowa (Retired); and Steve Cunningham, California State University, Stanislaus and National Science Foundation.

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