"The average person prefers the Laser, at 2 to 1 odds; not so much the Double as only 2 people used it. Everyone used the Missile. Shields (marked as a '?' on the HUD) seemed to be actively avoided by some, as though it was a sign of bad form..."
Before that, anyone interested can find Doug's slides right here, and the video shold be in the future salon section of archive.org soon. Also check out Hyperwords. This was released yesterday as an extension for Firefox and Flock by Liquid-Information, a group that Doug is involved in. I found the link and write-up here. Hyperwords lets you interact with all text on the Web, not just hyperlinks as defined by the pagemaker. Great to see Doug inspiring and involved in these innovations.
Now on to the pics.
Bay Area Future Salon founder and host Mark Finnern prepares to lovingly smack the 100+ crowd at SAP Labs into shape with both prodigious futurosity and his powerful right hand:
Doug Engelbart takes to the video stage in Second Life, virtually virtually. As you can see, his avatar (created by lilith Pendragon) is just waking up :)
Future Salon attendees are some diverse and stylish folks...:
...diverse and stylish folks caught in an infinite loop!:
**Update: Second Life will be down for an upgrade during part of Wednesday, so we've rescheduled the presentation for 12 PM PST on Thursday, January 26th** This Thursday Wednesday, January 25th at 12 PM PST, Tim Moenk/Lyre Calliope and I will be giving a presentation at the Real Life Work in Second Life meeting on ASF's Future Salon Network and the Second Life Future Salon. I'll post my slides here beforehand. Looking forward to getting the whole story out! IM me in SL as SNOOPYbrown Zamboni. Hope to see you there.
Computing pioneer and collective intelligence architect Doug Engelbart (pictured above on stage as a Second Life avatar) will be at the Second Life Future Salon tonight (Friday, January 20th) from 7:30-9:30 PM PST. Come on out. Doug will be streamed onto Democracy Island via live video from the Bay Area Future Salon in Palo Alto.
[If you need help getting into Second Life, please email me at jerrypaffendorf[at]accelerating[dot]org. SL accounts are free. In SL you can IM me as SNOOPYbrown Zamboni.]
Update: MTV News has just posted a nice article on this that talks with SLB owner FlipperPA Peregrine/Tim Allen about his motivations and plans. Flipper mentions that "He's also hoping to sell an upcoming book, "Only a Game," which deals with the exploits of two journalists who report from within online worlds." Cool. I'll definitely pick up a copy of that with Lindens if it goes up on SLB.
Over at reBang Csven wonders what would have happened if they'd made their first non-virtual sale something striking and non tech, like a puppy :-). Great idea!
And over at MAKE a commenter says, "Next milestone: $ to $L exchange rate on Yahoo."
The first real product, an XFX GeForce graphics card, is selling for L$20,000 or about US$72 including sales tax and shipping (approx. $L275 = US$1). Makes sense, upgrade your system from work within the virtual world you're running. What next? MMOrgy has some not safe for work ideas. How about something simple that generates from the SL itself, like user-created t-shirts a la something like Threadless? What do you think would work? Gosh, virtual currency for virtual things is going to be sooooo passe soon ;).
Back on the virtual for virtual side, interesting looks at issues around gold farming and RMT (real money trade) in role-playing gamey MMOs at Terra Nova recently: Just Say No to gold farmer ads about PC Gamer magazine no longer accepting ads from IGE and How A Gold Farm Works, an insider look at how "mom-and-pop gold farmers" are being driven out of business by low-wage foregin competition and uber efficient operations. Almost feels quaint.
Note: Raymond Polonsky commented in our earlier post that he's in the process of launching his own business that will sell real things for SL Lindens, but beyond that we don't know much else of what he's up to with 2L Hosting.
The CC machine will be publicly demoed for the first time on Democracy Island from 4:30-5:30 PM PST *TODAY*, Wednesday the 18th. Come check it out!(pics of the machine below, click to enlarge)
This will happen immediately before Stanford Law Professor and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig takes the stage elsewhere in Second Life with Hamlet Linden. That show is already full to capacity, but you'll be able to stick around Democracy Island to listen to Lawrence with others via chat repeaters.
If you'd like background, I recommend checking out this audio and Flash presentation of Lawrence's from the O'Reilly Open Source Convention back in 2002. It's an inspired talk that will clue you into the thinking behind CC.
Heads-up that a number of sessions from the first Second Life Community Convention are available for download. Here are some Flickr pics from the event. Thanks again to everyone who came out and the SLCC sponsors who enabled it (Linden Lab, ANSHECHUNG.COM, avalon., and all the others). Plans for SLCC 2006 are very early in the works and include ideas for an open system for proposing and voting on convention themes and content.