Second Life

By: James Reynolds - Revised: 2014-01-23 richard

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"Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 8,706,410 Residents from around the globe." -

"Campuses and businesses have established locations in these [virtual] worlds, much as they were creating websites a dozen years ago... Virtual worlds offer an opportunity for people to interact in a way that conveys a sense of presence lacking in other media... The use of virtual worlds in education has grown considerably over the past year. Courses now meet in Second Life and other locations." - 2007 Horizon Report

James will give a detailed account of the cool side of Second Life and the many problems this technology has including a tour of the landscape and an overview of some of the technical details.