Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Think Tanks and Second Life Gestures

In Tuesday's CS 855 Futuring and Innovation classes, we explored the similarities between our think tank activities and the innovations predicted in Technology's Promise. After reflecting on the technique that we used to identify likely innovations, we asked how our results differed from other think tanks?

For Second Life skills, we activated a set of speech gestures and inserted slides into a preloading slide viewer for giving presentations in Second Life.

In both CTU classes, we discussed the podcast assignment, noting that some students used their podcasts to talk about predictions while others evaluated the podcast technology. For using open source or custom-created mp3 content, embed it with a photo into a video and upload it to your blog.

Congratulations go out to the one-month-old birthday of our newest class member and his proud papa (depicted in this photo).

Both class sessions stated that the use of Second Life helped them to connect, share ideas and learn virtual world concepts in a relaxed setting. Students who are graduating this term asked us to hold a virtual graduation in Second Life as many of them will not be attending the next residency. I'll contact Stella Costello from the NMC Virtual Worlds team to see if we can use the NMC cap and gowns. *grins*

Next week, we'll continue our discussions on futuring and innovation, and take our first virtual field trip.


askill said...

While Second Life holds out a new option for IT it won't be a viable player in the future until the infrastructure required to use it effectively is really available to a larger segment of society.

Adding a voice widget to Second Life further expand the requirements for more bandwidth to support the interface. Our industry has not stepped up to the requirements for stronger and more effective infrastructure.

DrC said...

The US comprised over 50% of Second Life users until Linden Lab changed the 'credit card on file' requirement for creating an account in 2006. A report in 2007 noted a 75/25 mix of non-US to US mix of SL accounts.

Also of interest is how many of those non-US users enjoy greater bandwidth than the US, especially in our rural areas.

The notion that these technologies are limited by our ability to access them reminds me of that print that features The New Yorker's view of the world (from 9th Avenue). There may be more to it than we realize. *smiles*

Here is a smaller link for this map.