Cheap Labour of the Future
November 28, 2006, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Economic, Metaverse

Two stories collided in my aggregator today. Who ever thought that the future would pay so badly that you couldn’t get a mortgage on a job straight out of 20th century Sci-Fi? Continue reading


Anshe Chung Worth $1 Million?
November 28, 2006, 2:27 pm
Filed under: Metaverse, Strategic

It was reported last weekend that Second Life avatar entrepreneur, Anshe Chung’s virtual property business is now worth $1 million. Continue reading

Fabbing at Home
November 17, 2006, 9:20 pm
Filed under: Metaverse, Uncategorized

This is not really a metaverse post – but it does highlight the reciprocal relationship between world and metaverse. highlight a wonderful DIY fabbing site called Fab@Home. All you need is a 3D printer to get started: Continue reading

MIST Machine-Translation Evaluation 2006
November 17, 2006, 2:06 pm
Filed under: Information Tech, Metaverse, Surveillance

The (American) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes yearly evaluations of machine translation technologies. The evaluations are based on Arabic – English and Mandarin-English translations. This year’s results are commented upon by MIT’s Technology Review. The results aren’t spectacular but there is concrete progress with Google and IBM jostling for top spot.

It would be great to see the real time translators used in Second Life where Yossarian Seattle has already provided the tools. There’s a good article on Yossarian’s translator at New World Notes and a video of it in action on YouTube.

IBM commits $ to metaverse
November 15, 2006, 4:57 pm
Filed under: Metaverse

Amongst the winners of IBM’ s internal competition to generate ideas worthy of investment is:

3D Internet: Partnering with others to take the best of virtual worlds and gaming environments to build a seamless, standards-based 3D Internet — the next platform for global commerce and day-to-day business operations [source]

Reports over at eightbar here and at Reuters, here.