IET Mountbatten Lecture 2007 - Roo Reynolds

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Walking the Digital Dog: Work, Learn and Play in Virtual Worlds

Roo Reynolds - Metaverse Evangelist, IBM

The IET, Savoy Place, London
Thursday 9th November 2007

Video online at http://www.iet.tv/search/index.html?spres=5723

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    Walking the Digital Dog: Work, Learn and Play in Virtual Worlds

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  • “Metaverse”?

    Well, Neal Stephenson wrote ‘Snow Crash’ in 1992. In it, he predicts virtual worlds (think William Gibson’s “cyberspace”).

    “As Hiro approaches the Street, he sees two young couples … He is not seeing real people, of course. This is all a part of the moving illustration drawn by his computer according to specifications coming down the fiber-optic cable. The people are pieces of software called avatars. They are the audiovisual bodies that people use to communicate with each other in the Metaverse. Hiro's avatar is now on the Street, too, and if the couples coming off the monorail look over in his direction, they can see him, just as he's seeing them. They could strike up a conversation … each with their own laptop. But they probably won't talk to each other, any more than they would in Reality.”<br /><br/>
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