I read today on InfoWorld that IBM and MIT will be cohosting this Friday an event for the
debate discussion on standards and vendor collaboration to help make traveling between virtual worlds a possibility probability by agreeing on open standards.
“A lot of people are looking at Second Life and saying, ‘Let’s do one of those,’” said Bob Sutor, vice president of standards and open source at IBM Corp. “The last thing you want is a lot of different ways to do the same things. You need standards for how to teleport between different virtual worlds and to bring objects with you.”
IBM’s Bob Sutor, Linden Lab CEO Mitch Kapor, along with a variety of academics and companies well be there to take part in this discussion. Sutor is very vcal about open standards, open source, open minds, and open opportunities on his IBM Blog, and I am looking forward to hear what he has to say… but I think my invitation got lost in some black hole.
On the same day, the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) is hosting a conference on The Economics and Business of Second Life and Virtual Worlds.
The Conference Agenda is listed on CITI’s website. There will be representatives from Linden Lab, QuestG, Forterra Systems, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Reuters, IBM, Financial Times, the Center for Internet Studies, Fordham Business School, Harvard Law School, Kenyon & Kenyon, the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law, and the United Nations.