final three sessions from X Media Lab today contained further dissertations on
virtual worlds from different perspectives. Lisbeth Goodman from the SMARTlab
Digital Media Institute in
Flavell from the Second Life Cable Network discussed her team’s work in
promoting the activity in Second Life into the real world, along with various
insights about activity in the virtual realm. She also discussed how virtual
worlds satisfy an innate human desire that has not been satisfied before in
terms of social interaction.
Bruce Joy discussed his VastPark initiative, which seeks to bring together many virtual realms into a web. His vision is one of shared realities, through letting consumers create their own virtual worlds, that they can use on their own or connect to others. Each creator maintains responsibility for their own world, with their own rules.