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Posted 2007-10-10 by Tony Walsh
Computing giant IBM and virtual-world maker Linden Lab have announced a joint effort to brighten the future of 3D virtual worlds through the development of open standards-based technologies and methodologies. According to an official press release, the two companies intend to "work with a broad community of partners to drive open standards and interoperability to enable move from one virtual world to another with ease, much like you can move from one website to another on the Internet today."

Virtual-world enthusiasts are no doubt excited about the prospect of avatar-portability, a feature currently unavailable in most contemporary 3D worlds, but promised (or at least hinted at) by up and coming platforms such as Multiverse and Metaplace. Obviously there are many more hurdles to this idea than simply technology--for me, it will be the creative and cultural ramifications of avatar portability that are worth solving first.

IBM first publicized its exploration of virtual space last year, with Chairman Emeritus Irving Wladawsky-Berger musing "[H]ere 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." I wrote about other highlights of IBM's short history inside Second Life earlier this year.
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Comment posted by rvdkaaij
October 10, 2007 @ 5:31 pm
Seems similar to the Metaverse 1.0 consortium we blogged about. Even better, Philips told me they will be discussing things at the conference with IBM and the likes, so it seems an even bigger push towards setting the (right) standards!

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Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 10, 2007 @ 6:29 pm
Thanks for the link to the related info. If all parties are really interested in harmonizing the metaverse we may see something like a 3D Web after all.
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