Sep 25

Second Life News for September 25, 2007

Category: Second Life News by Stone Culdesac

Reincarnationist Heads for Second Life Imagine the book tour of the future. Travel has gotten to be expensive and difficult. Security at airports makes flying unpleasant and cutbacks at airlines make food even worse than that. Here in the future, even if an author did want to tour, hardly anyone would show up. Between their jobs, their families and their social networks, no one has time to actually attend author events in person.

Artificial General Intelligence in Second Life Virtual worlds are the golden path to achieving Artificial General Intelligence and positive Singularity, Dr Ben Goertzel’s, CEO of Novamente LLC and author of “The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind” explained in his presentation “Artificial General Intelligence in Virtual Worlds” given at the Singularity Summit 2007 earlier this month. According to Goertzel, Singularity is no longer a far future idea. About a year ago Goertzel gave a talk “Ten Years to a Positive Singularity — If We Really, Really Try.”

User testing in Second Life There were some really interesting presentations, and while I didn’t get to all of them, without doubt the most interesting for me was User Research in Virtual Worlds, a presentation I highlighted earlier as being one I wanted to see.

Gary Bunker and Gabriele Hermansson, both from Hyro, spoke for close to an hour about their experiences in setting up and running an experimental focus group within Second Life.

Companies to Watch I think they missed one that’s worthy of including, though: SceneCaster. Mashable has a write-up of SceneCaster. I’ll have a video of them up soon.

Why? SceneCaster is aimed at Second Life. But it gets rid of some of the real negatives that Second Life has. What are those negatives?

Second Life Grid Architecture Meet up Transcript. So here is the transcript of the session yesterday, I hope everybody is ok with that, if not, please tell me and I will remove your parts. You can find the slides in this flickr set.

Christmas adverts venture into virtual world A Christmas advertising campaign for the churches will take its publicity into the virtual world this month – inviting people to have a second go at life.

The new adverts, which follow a theme of second chances, will invite people to visit an ‘island’ accessible through the online virtual world www.secondlife.com where Christmas events will take place and spiritual questions will be discussed.

Google eyeing its own ‘Second Life?’ For some time now, we here at CNET News.com have been hearing whispers that Google might be looking to get into the virtual world space, particularly in light of the increasing interest of existing environments like Second Life, and the success of Google Earth and the search giant’s purchase of the Sketchup technology.

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