Advisory Board

Mark Stephen Meadows, MFA

Mark Stephen Meadows, MFA is an author, inventor, entrepreneur, and illustrator. He’s written five books, is the coauthor of multiple patents, founder of two companies, and has exhibited his paintings, photography, and illustration in North America, Australia, and Europe.
Mark was born on the Mississippi Delta and raised in the Rocky Mountains. Over the past forty years he’s tried to see as much of the world as he can, talk with as many people as possible, and explore the ends of the earth. He’s had tea with terrorists in Sri Lanka, made love with robots in Tokyo, and celebrated Christmas 2000 in Bethlehem with the PLO.
He’s hitchhiked to war-torn Baghdad in 2003 where he delivered letters, money, and watched museums burn under the full moon. He lived in a little art gallery in Paris, scaled buildings, explored catacombs, and drank a lot of red wine and absinthe (but not together).
Mark met his wife hitchhiking in Corsica, then met her again in Paris, then married her in Las Vegas. He now lives with his wife on their sailboat in Mexico. He’s sailed four of the seven seas and he’s a USCG certified captain. He can speak English, French, and Spanish. He’s won awards, invented technologies, founded three companies, and has worked in research centers full of deep geeks and brilliant jokers.
He authored I, Avatar: The Culture and Consequences of Having a Second Life, We, Robot: Skywalker’s Hand, Blade Runners, Iron Man, Slutbots, and How Fiction Became Fact, Pause & Effect: The Art of Interactive Narrative, and Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka’s Civil War. Read his articles We, Robot and A Virtual Life. An Actual Death.
His patents include Systems and Methods for an Autonomous Avatar Driver and Systems and Methods for Managing a Persistent Virtual Avatar with Migrational Ability.
Mark earned his BA in Math, Philosophy, and Literature from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He earned his MFA at The San Francisco Art Institute (painting and photography) and attended courses at University of Colorado (philosophy), Harvard University (biology), and Bemis Art School (painting).
View his paintings and illustrations. Read his blog. Learn more about his books. Read his LinkedIn profile.