Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Seeing that I don't understand most of Second Life

Go Slow Cafe is a Japaneses owned and operated SIM, which sells things that look kind of cool but which I don't understand.
In fact the things that I don't understand tend to be the most interesting. Sadly for Second Life most people don't like that which they don't understand. In a Universe where physics and chemistry are all an illusion the greatest potential for creativity is also the strangest of things, and given the global community things will come over that don't mean anything in our social context. I am the kind of person who enjoys strange new stuff, but I have come to see in Second Life what a minority I am. Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life

Friday, 8 April 2011

BBC News - Virtual sales provide aid to poorer nations

Warcraft screenshot, Blizzard

BBC News - Virtual sales provide aid to poorer nations: "Up to 100,000 people in China and Vietnam are playing online games to gather gold and other items for sale to Western players, a report suggests.

The global market for such virtual game goods is worth at least $3bn (£1.8bn) the World Bank study estimates.

About 75% of that comes from so-called 'gold farmers' who stockpile game currencies to sell on later.

Encouraging these in-game services could aid development in many poorer countries, said the report."

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Cyberspace is Dead

After several years of exploring the virtual world I feel some explanation why this blog is now essentially dead.

The reason is an insight I have gained recently by doing work with the mobile internet. People actually don't lack reality, in fact people feel as though there is plenty of reality, they just feel they are missing out on it. Information about reality is hard to come by, sometimes expensive, and once people get busy or lose contact with a wide network it often becomes impossible to know all the things that might be happening just around the street. People know there is plenty of reality out there, they simply don't know where and when it is happening.

So the thing that computers give us is not virtual reality, or augmented reality, or hybrid reality: but just reality. This year I have been working with mobile Web 3.0 technology. And I now believe that cyberspace was not a destination, but a half way house. Now that the Internet is merging with reality our imagined space of cyberspace will die off very quickly joining Martian invasions and space colonies as one of the fantasies of Science Fiction that never quite made it.

Cyberspace is dead. The Internet is now all about real space.

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