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NCSA to Celebrate breakthrough Cyberfest 20th Anniversary

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Roger Ebert's Film Festival are hosting a 20th anniversary of Cyberfest, a technology and arts festival that celebrated the birthday of the fictional artificial intelligence character HAL 9000—written as becoming operational in Urbana on January 12, 1997—from the book and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The March 13, 2017 anniversary celebration, which will take place at NCSA and stream online, will include a public reception featuring a collection of immersive, interactive demonstrations from NCSA's Advanced Visualization Lab and a panel discussion with film and technology luminaries such as Ebertfest leaders Chaz Ebert and Nate Kohn, entrepreneur Brand Fortner, and experts from the Urbana campus. "This event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of a truly unique experience imagined by Illinois' visionary faculty, staff and students and created from its extraordinary collaborative culture," said Veronica Paredes, postdoctoral research associate in Media and Cinema Studies and the NCSA. "We organized this celebration not only to honor the campus' past efforts, but also to use it as a beacon for our contemporary moment. How can the interdisciplinary generosity and intellectual boldness of the 1997 Cyberfest celebration guide us now?" Learn more at

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