Saturday, May 3, 2008

What is Second Life?

Last week two people told me they had never heard of Second Life, nor the phrase "virtual worlds." So for those who are not familiar with Second Life, the link to the video below is the best introduction I have found thus far.

The first-ever Congressional hearing on virtual worlds took place on April 1, 2008 in Washington, D.C. Linden Lab® CEO Philip Rosedale testified before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.

"Second Life®: Making the Real World a Better Place" is the title of this 7 minute professionally produced video that Rosedale showed at the hearing. Some will say Rosedale is idealistic, while others will argue that he sees and understands the potential of innovation and imagination. What do you think?


Karen Coronado said...

I watched Rosedale's video. There are so many potential uses for Second Life or any virtual world. I was struck by the idea of people being able to experience and practice in various simulated environments or scenarios for training purposes. This and the many other possibilities presented on this video are all becoming a reality in VR and it's going to be exciting to see where it takes us. It's not all roses though. There is inappropriate and abusive behavior that goes on in Second Life just like in the physical world. People need to be aware of that and be willing to accept that if they are going to join Second Life or any other similar place. I truly believe that VR will become more and more a part of our world and that it holds so much potential for good.

Robin Ashford said...

Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Karen. Tomorrow I will post a video link that includes a more rounded view of SL. Naturally, Philip Rosedale, would be showing the most ideal view of SL. As in RL, when creating virtual communities most dream and hope for the best.