Philip Rosedale: SL Revealed The Limits of What We Can Do Online, But Will Still Change the Real World -- Someday
Philip Rosedale recently discussed with Reuters the latest changes to Coffee & Power, his new startup which uses location-based smartphones to leverage real world work collaboration, and in the conversation, said that Second Life showed him "the limits of what we can do online". However, he added this fascinating insight, which suggests he has not "given up" on Second Life, as some people sometimes claim. Rather, he says this:
I believe [SL] will have a far more profound implication on the nature of human existence, of work, of commerce, then frankly anything we've seen so far on the Internet. But the amount of time between now and then is very hard to say.
Watch the whole un-embedded video here. If we define Second Life in the broadest sense possible, so something like it exists on new platforms not yet released, and posit a whole new generation raised on virtual experiences (and I include technology like tablet and Kinect-based gaming here) I think he may quite possibly be correct. But as he somewhat suggests, that point is probably up to ten years down the road. Discuss.
Hat tip: Strawberry Singh.