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A friend recently pointed me to Prokofy Neva’s latest commentary regarding the revelation that Ray Kurzweil will be speaking at this year’s SLCC. Being an old-fart technophile, I will say this. Prokofy has some salient points that are well worth considering. Their comparison of Singularity to Fascism is also worth a read, by the way. Both compelled me to take my own history walk down AI-memory lane..

I have been avidly interested in theories of Artificial Intelligence for decades, belonged to the triple-AI, and in fact worked in the AI department of a large firm, where I more often than not, jokingly referred to my then colleagues as “artificially intelligent.” Of course, among other things, we were mostly engaged in mundane projects, such as automated placement and routing utilizing simulated annealing concepts. Something I plan to use for automating my bot navigation in Second Life.

But I digress.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2009 10:10

In the fall of 2007, several large corporations were jumping on the Second Life bandwagon. By October, CBS announced that they would feature Second Life on their popular television series, CSI:NY, along with a launch of a role play. Watch the show! Solve the mystery in Second Life! Or so the story went. A week prior to the CBS special, Second Life founder, Philip Rosedale along with the CSI series creator, Anthony Zuiker, predicted the CSI roleplay would bring thousands, if not millions, of new users to the second life landscape. A UgoTrade reporter even breathlessly wrote:

“When Anthony E. Zuiker Creator, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, (in picture above with Philip Rosedale, CEO Linden Lab), CSI: Miami, CSI: NY delivered his keynote at Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo in San Jose last week, I felt I was listening to the world class player who would be the first big winner of the virtual world’s e-jackpot.”

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Last Updated on Thursday, 29 October 2009 10:10