Sunday, July 01, 2007

Happy 1st of July

For many reasons, my interest over virtual worlds is increasing everyday. Currently, the attention relies on the characterization of large scale distributed systems perspective, than from a business perspective (which is may be very interesting too!).

In the Scientific American's blog, Christopher Mins comments on a talk delivered by Mitch Kapor (among a list of activities, he is also investor and chair of Second Life).

The most interesting aspect of this talk, which seems natural to me, is the suggestion that Kapor (also as a chair of the Mozilla Foundation) defends the creation of open standards for virtual worlds.

It would be cool to think of a protocol design to allow interoperability among virtual worlds. Although this seems to be a classical software engineering problem, the requirements posed by virtual worlds (including the demand for monetary transactions) may be unique enough to create new research opportunities.

By the way, happy 1st of July. :-)

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