Monday, 10 September 2007

NPR: Go Get a (Virtual) Life

Jeremy Kemp highlighted a new podcast/radio show from NPR about virtual worlds in a recent message to the SLED list.

This is well worth listening to.

The show is a discussion between Dmitri Williams (Annenberg School, Annenberg Program in Online Communities, University of Southern California), Cory Ondrejka (co-founder and chief technology officer, Linden Lab, San Francisco, Ca.), Sherry Turkle (director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the show's host Ira Flatow.

Topics discussed range from the psychology of virtual worlds, future directions for the technology, and efforts to use online communities to learn more about real-life human behavior.

As Jeremy notes:
Linden Lab's CTO Corey "Black Wednesday" Ondrejka answers a question about improvements in the pipeline for educators. (FF to 18mins) The changes he highlights are:
1) Leveraging community for development (ie. open sourcing)
2) Better interoperability with the Web
3) Content sharing with other MMOs
The show lasts about 50 minutes.

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