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IBM and Linden Lab to collaborate on open standards for virtual worlds

IBM and Linden Lab (creator of <em>Second Life</em>) have teamed together to develop open standards that will enable virtual avatars to travel between virtual worlds.

IBM and Linden Lab (creator of Second Life) have teamed together to develop open standards that will enable virtual avatars to travel between virtual worlds.

A quote from Technology News Daily:

IBM and Linden Lab plan to work together on issues concerning the integration of virtual worlds with the current Web; driving security-rich transactions of virtual goods and services; working with the industry to enable interoperability between various virtual worlds; and building more stability and high quality of service into virtual world platforms.

Creating standards for a virtual world that help secure transactions, stability, and interoperability are key attributes that will appeal to businesses.

The Universalization of avatars (BBC) seems like a progression in technology that was waiting to happen. First there was e-mail, then SMS, then the presence services of today, and now the human being is going wholly online.

Do you see virtual worlds as the next high potential platform for enterprises?

2 comments
jdweekley
jdweekley

It seems to me that we already have a standard for humanoid avatars. It's called H-Anim (www.h-anim.org). Also, I don't trust two private companies to create a 'standard' for virtual environments anymore than I trust them to do it for 3D content or viewers. Since so many formats have come and gone, can anyone argue that a process other than that of Web3D Consortium (voting member of the W3C), is viable? Both companies have done many great things, but unless they subject their standardization process to the rigors of open consensus and peer review, they will end up on the scrap heap of virtual history. Linden Labs may well be the AOL of virtual worlds.

pr.arun
pr.arun

Virtual worlds have potential for enterprises?

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