Inventing the Present

Here is some new-media content about Information Week’s Mitch Wagner and Gartner’s Steve Prentice vs SL’s CFO and even Prokofy Neva. It is mostly about Second Life’s power and problems and how that relates to others. Croquet’s Qwaq Forums comes up a lot.

You can probably get out of this whatever you’re predisposed to. (I took away that Geoffrey Moore is right.)

Do follow the link from there to the video. It’s long and not densely packed, but it is a good tour of the non-technical state of virtual worlds — i.e., the things that matter to most of the world. Ten years from now, this is going to be how archaeologists remember today.

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  1. John says:


    Thanks. For the first time I understand what all this stuff is more-or-less about.

    I find looking at the “avatars” to be very distracting. They are so very zombirific! So I’m just listening & looking at other stuff. Now, I know, I’m looking at a canned movie, not an interactive experience. But still, as somebody who has spent years working from home and spending a lot of time in phone meetings, I wonder when this stuff will get to the point that I would rather use one of these virtual worlds instead of, say, telephone and (Adobe) Breeze or Webex. I have not seen Qwak yet, but I expect you’re many steps ahead of these (Second life, etc) guys from everything you’ve said and these guys are saying in this talk.

  2. Stearns says:

    Not really, at least in the way you’re describing. But you’ve inspired me:

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