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Using Second Life for decision support

Second Life is used for all sorts of things. Here's a video from YouTube that shows Decision Support World. I'm sorry, I just don't get it.

Digging around YouTube a bit, I stumbled across this video made by Dan Powers who created a virtual world in Second Life called Decision Support World. This is a virtual world that Dan set up to allow people to get together to model, collaborate, and share ideas about new projects.

The audio on the video is a little bad in places, and I'm not sure if it's completely clear about what he's trying to accomplish. I suppose if you're interested in virtual worlds that it's possible to use Second Life for such a thing.

It could just be me, but I don't see the usefulness of it. I'm not sure what you can do with such a thing that you couldn't do with just a conference call or NetMeeting. Maybe someone who's more used to or comfortable with virtual worlds would find it beneficial, but I sure don't get it.

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power
power

I have some columns on using virtual worlds for decision support at DecisionSupportWorld.com. A virtual world can incorporate all of the 2D technologies like web pages, video and Web 2.0 tools like wikis. Technology is evolving and Linden Labs' Second Life may not be the 3D virtual world decision support platform, but we will have some. Watch for Sun Microsystem's Wonderland. Dan Power aka Leinad Meriman

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Other than requiring additional bandwidth and giving the participants the opportunity to look so foolish no one will take their participation seriously, what's it do that a wiki won't?

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

As I mentioned in Decision Central, a company has recently set up a virtual world in Second Life called Decision Support World: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/decisioncentral/?p=105 The idea being is that this will be a place where people can come and collaborate, virtually, on projects they're working on. Like I said, I don't get it. But then again, I've never gotten into Second Life in general or World Of Warcraft of any of those. What I'm wondering is, is Second Life really that useful? For decision support or any other business use for that matter?

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

I didn't even know you were on here. :) Can you give a quick Reader's Digest version here about the advantages and disadvantages of it?

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

I found the zombies sitting around the meeting in the video more distracting that anything else. Meetings in the real world can be bad enough. I can't see how a virtual world makes them any better.

david.valdez
david.valdez

When you can build VALID system models, you could potentially prototype systems virtually...but I can't imagine how a Second Life decision support tool would have ANY validity. I spent years in video conferences with geographically dispersed teams...video conferences are distracting and generally don't help anything...which is why Intel's ProShare STILL isn't relevant.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

real world meetings often have free doughnuts. Who's going to show up for a meeting that has only virtual food?

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