Online / offline December 5, 2008Posted by ieva in Uncategorized.
Tags: internet, Linden lab, reall doll, second life, virtual, web, world wide web
I was previously shearing some passages form the We Think book. I still keep on thinking about the role of technologies and internet, how it affects our lives now and how will it evolve in the future. I think there is no way back and their influence will just grow and have a control of more aspects of our lives than we can imagine now. So we have to make sure we use the technologies in a smart way. Because they can take over us before we even know it. Charles Leadbeater is talking about the positive sides of the internet, how it can bring people together and help them build something big together. But isn’t it also very often what separates us from our family and friends? These audiovisual stimulators just suck us in! Most of the people I know admit they are or have been at some point addicted to internet or television. And I’m not an exception.
For 6 000 euros one can get a relatively realistic “realdoll” and choose to combine a head and a body he/she prefers (well, I have to say, the choice for men dolls is quite undeveloped, as far as I know). So the virtual becomes tangible and almost convincing. It is like a 3d extension beyond the screen…
I have to admit, it scares me a bit. Second Life, the virtual world- game was created in 2003 and it has today over 15 million members all around the world. I was watching the interview with the SL’s creator Philip Rosedale (Linden lab), he explains quite well, what is it about. From the bright side, of course (: . Second Life is used as a platform for education by many institutions, such as colleges, universities, libraries and government entities. Religious organizations have also begun to open virtual meeting places within SL. Several countries, like Sweden, Estonia (!), Philipines etc. have embassies on SL… 10 million dollars /month are circulating on SL. There are people who earn their living entirely on SL. And there is a big part of users who spend more than 100 hours/a week on SL. I doubt a person can have a normal “analogue” life the few hours left…
From one side I regret a little bit that I didn’ t have access to internet at the time when I went to secondary school. But sure, I learned things I would have missed otherwise. Anyway, it’s clear that now it’s something that is changing the world. And as designers, we would be naive to ignore it. Just look at all the new products, services they are testing on SL before producing them and putting in the real market! Look at the young designers who become known through design blogs! We have to find ways to make internet work for us.