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December 27, 2006

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Wolf

NPR's All Things Considered ran a piece on Second Life yesterday that raised some interesting points, although I don't necessarily agree with Giff Constable's likening the importance of an avatar to the rise of e-mail or his prediction that "10 years from now, everyone is going to have an avatar." I can function without e-mail, although it would be difficult to do so day to day, but I can't imagine a practical application for an avatar outside the world of VR. It may be short-sighted of me to compare the two (or perhaps even an apples-and-oranges argument), but this strikes me as akin to saying that in ten years, each of us will have our own personal logo or symbol we'll use in our daily work and school lives.

Story and audio link here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6682433

Wolf

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