March 28 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Metaverse Year: 2008 Rating: 2
On the heels of Singapore’s announcement that it plans to throw some serious money at the development of mixed-reality applications the slower U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce has scheduled a hearing on the issues surrounding virtual worlds.
The session, titled Online Virtual Worlds: Applications and Avatars in a User-Generated Medium, will be held April 1 at 9:30 a.m. and live webcast streamed for those who wish to view the proceedings from home (or at work). It seems likely that the potential economic value, catalytic effects and security ramifications of user populated virtual worlds will be discussed. No doubt this is just the beginning of broader federal recognition of the power of this rapidly diffusing new medium.
I will be eager to see what transpires and then to discuss the ramifications here and with all of the virtual world officionados converging at Virtual Worlds 2008 next week.
(via Virtual Worlds News)