The Business of Virtual Worlds

Click here to listen to the podcastTech Rising is a new eWEEK podcast that delves into emerging technologies and their impact on businesses and workers today. In this podcast, eWEEK's Chief Technology Analyst Jim Rapoza speaks to Valerie Williamson of The Electric Sheep Company, a firm that helps companies create a business environment in virtual worlds. While virtual worlds like Second Life and There.com have made great strides in creating highly-immersive environments, they are still a long way from the ubiquity or the power of the Metaverse from Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash". And they do face considerable hurdles before they can become as ubiquitous and easy to use as using the Web is today. Still, I would recommend getting to understand these virtual worlds and where they will be heading in the next several years. In many ways the technology in these worlds is like the early days of the web.

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Tech Rising is a new eWEEK podcast that delves into emerging technologies and their impact on businesses and workers today.

In this podcast, eWEEK's Chief Technology Analyst Jim Rapoza speaks to Valerie Williamson of The Electric Sheep Company, a firm that helps companies create a business environment in virtual worlds.

While virtual worlds like Second Life and There.com have made great strides in creating highly-immersive environments, they are still a long way from the ubiquity or the power of the Metaverse from Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash". And they do face considerable hurdles before they can become as ubiquitous and easy to use as using the Web is today.

Still, I would recommend getting to understand these virtual worlds and where they will be heading in the next several years. In many ways the technology in these worlds is like the early days of the web.