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Posted 2006-09-26 by Tony Walsh
Linda Zimmer has filed an informative report about IBM's latest venture into virtual worlds. Zimmer writes that "IBM has been researching and experimenting with virtual worlds to understand, among other things, the importance of visual imagery to convey information - and a vast range of other aspects of human interaction with visual and virtual spaces."

IBMer Irving Wladawsky-Berger writes that his company's efforts in Second Life feels like deja vu. "When we started our Internet efforts in IBM about ten years ago, the Internet was already being used by millions around the world, and we had a very strong sense that it was going to have a huge impact on businesses and institutions of all sorts, but we honestly were not quite sure what that impact would be... here we are in 2006, once more facing a set of fledgling technologies and capabilities -- massively multiplayer online games and virtual worlds – that are already being used by many millions out there. Once more we have the very strong feeling that this will have a huge impact on business, society and our personal lives, although none of us can quite predict what that impact will be. It will be fascinating to see where this ride takes us in the future."

I find it encouraging that a technology giant like IBM is so bullish on virtual worlds--no doubt the company's involvement will contribute to advances in the field.
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Comment posted by csven
September 26, 2006 @ 11:30 am
I've been following their SL blog. Fun to see them get into it. And as an "oh, btw", IBM is starting to link up with PTC in more meaningful ways; apparently centered around PTC's PLM software. Future mash-up in progress.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
September 26, 2006 @ 3:28 pm
Thanks for the headsup; what's the address of the IBM SL blog?
Comment posted by csven
September 26, 2006 @ 4:34 pm
Not exactly an SL blog per se, but it seems to be full of SL stuff and the focus of their efforts in SL. I expect you've surfed through, but didn't realize there was as much SL focus as there is.

Can't post the link (blacklisted), but it's "Eightbar" over on my blog links.
Comment posted by csven
September 26, 2006 @ 4:36 pm
... and btw it's also in the Zimmer link you've posted.
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
September 26, 2006 @ 4:38 pm
Thanks, I hadn't put eightbar and IBM together before. And I'll look into that blacklist issue, too.
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