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The Word for September is “oooooooh” August 20, 2006

Posted by Bill in Future of the Web, SIG Meetings.
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On September 13, the Emerging Tech SIG will feature a talk from Linden Lab‘s CTO.

Web 3.0: mashing virtual worlds and the web

What happens when the 2D, asynchronous Web collides with 3D,
collaborative digital worlds? As the power of rich web applications,
aggregation, and filtering are proven on the Web, how will these
technologies be connected to interactive, 3D virtual worlds? Conversely,
how will 3D worlds be used to better manage data, convey information,
and enable new forms of communications?

The user-created online world Second Life provides a unique insight into
these issues. By granting broad intellectual property rights to its
residents and embedding the tools needed to build almost anything, SL
has enabled large scale creativity that bridges the 3D and web worlds.
Projects ranging from games and shopping malls to medical research and
education have been built on top of Second Life’s core technology and
then linked to companion web sites, blogs, and wikis. This is only the
beginning, however. Currently, Firefox is being embedded within Second
Life so that web content can act as a fundamental building block of the
world as animations, textures, or audio.

This talk will cover the cutting-edge ways in which the Second Life
community has embraced both 3D world and web technology in order to
achieve the complementary goals of creating the worlds of their dreams
and solving real-world problems. Beyond that, it will also discuss ways
in which virtual worlds can better connect to – and participate in – the web as a whole.

Cory’s Bio:

Cory Ondrejka is the Chief Technology Officer of Linden Labs. As CTO, he leads the team developing “Second Life,” Linden Lab’s award-winning, user-created digital world. His team has created the revolutionary technologies required to enable collaborative, atomistic creation, including distributed physical simulation, 3D streaming, completely customizable avatars and real-time, in-world editors. He also spearheaded the decision to allow users to retain the IP rights to their creations and helped craft Linden’s virtual real estate policy.

Prior to joining Linden Lab in November, 2000, Ondrejka served as Project Leader and Lead Programmer for Pacific Coast Power and Light. At PCP&L, he brought the “Road Rash” franchise to the Nintendo for the first time with “Road Rash 64” and built the core technology teams that completed multiple products for Nintendo and Sony consoles. Previous experience includes Lead Programmer for Acclaim Coin-Operated Entertainment’s first internal coin-op title and work on Department of Defense electronic warfare software projects for Lockheed Sanders. While an officer in the United States Navy, he worked at the National Security Agency and graduated from the Navy Nuclear Power School. Ondrejka is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he was a Presidential “Thousand Points of Light” recipient and became the first person to earn Bachelors of Science degrees in two technical majors: Weapons and Systems Engineering and Computer Science.

Prediction Market Slides August 11, 2006

Posted by Bill in SDForum, SIG Meetings, Slides.
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Last Wednesday, ChrisHibbert gave a great talk on prediction markets. A brilliant overview of an emerging technology (and what it’s good for).

In case you couldn’t tell, I liked it a lot :-).

He’s now given us the slides as well: PPT,PDF

Special Guest Star Tomorrow Night August 8, 2006

Posted by Bill in SDForum, SIG Meetings.
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So we have an awesome talk lined up for the Emerging Tech SIG tomorrow night. Chris Hibbert is going to talk about prediction markets and Zocalo, his open source framework for prediction markets.

I’m fascinated by that.

But, to borrow a phrase from the WWDC, there’s more.

A large portion of the time that Chris has spent working on Zocalo was funded by Commercenet.

Commercenet does other fascinating stuff too. For example, they’re intimately involved with Microformats.

So I asked Rohit Khare, the director of Commercenet’s Labs, to give a brief overview of Commercenet’s investments and investment philosophy. He agreed to spend 15 or 20 minutes at the end and then take questions.