Friday Mar 16, 2007

Ramona: world's first live virtual rock star

Speaking of virtual reality, and speaking of Ray Kurzweil, check out Ramona.

A couple of years ago Ray constructed a 3D virtual alter ego, in the form of a 25 year old female rock singer, who looks nothing like him but talks his talk and walks his walk, literally.

Frankly I found it a mildly unsettling to watch the superimposition of Ray (not, IMO, overly cute) with the virtually attractive Ramona.

But it just goes to show that on the Internet, it's really true that nobody knows you're a dog. (No offense Ray, I love your stuff!)

Thursday Mar 15, 2007

Sun's Virtual Workspace

I saw a demo last week at the Game Developers Conference that inspired me so much I was pushed to finally get off my butt and leave the "non blogging heathen" ranks (as John Clingan likes to refer to us) and write about it.

The demo in question, MPK20, is Sun's Virtual Workspace, a project out of Sun Labs based on Project DarkStar and the Wonderland scene manager plugin for Project Looking Glass, which is ultimately built on top of Java 3D.

Even though I saw MPK20 at a conference dedicated to gaming, I see it potentially affecting the future of the Internet As We Know It, or more, the future of computer interaction.

As I was watching the demo, I kept having flashes of the future, envisioning how technology like this could impact education, entertainment, commerce, sex, sports, shopping, you name it.

One thing is clear: with technologies like MPK20 and Second Life looming, the days of the web browser are numbered.

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