HASTAC II continues with a fantastic Keynote Addressby Curtis Wong (Microsoft) about the development of interactive storytelling and educational mediaapplications over the last 20 years. From early CD-ROMs to the first enhancedbroadband television program (PBS's Commanding Heights), Wong workedthrough some key improvements in digital interfaces.
The highlight of the talkfeatured a presentation of Microsoft's recently released Worldwide Telescope, which provides an interactive map of outer space. The program allows users tozoom in and move around a diversity of gorgeous astronomical objects, including numerous images from the Hubble Telescope and other telescopes. Thetruly awe-inspiring software is available here and worth taking a look at. This program opens up new possibilities for collaborations between professional and amateur astronomers. The images themselves are also utterly intoxicating.
Patrick Jagoda (Duke University)