A Report from Second Life

The process of establishing a HUMlab presence in the virtual online world Second Life is going ahead. I expect to be able to announce the location of our site soon.

I have made some good connections in SL, and some not so good ones. The drive to make money is very much a factor in the world but it is not the only one. I have ‘met’ people who are there to make things happen, to develop aesthetic considerations (especially art) and to connect with others who are interesting to them. This is a big week in SL if you are part of the Swedish contingent, because on Thursday at 9am the embassy of Sweden will open. All the hype however about ‘the first embassy in SL’ has been deflated by the establishment of the Maldives mission:

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said the virtual embassy “offers another channel for us to provide information on the country, to offer our viewpoint on issues of international concern, and to interact with our partners in the international community.”

Information about the opening of the Swedish mission (speeches by politicians and music I think) is HERE. Twenty four hours exactly after the embassy opening on Thursday at 9am I will be leading the last HUMlab short course for this term on Living and Building in Second Life. There are places available if you are interested in exploring SL and would like to share ideas and theories with others. If you are a staff or student at Umeå university you can book a place in the course HERE. I will send out information tomorrow to those who have booked.

In yesterday’s Dagens Nyheter (for the Swedish speakers) there was an article in the financial section on the national telecommunications company Telia Sonera’s plans to enter Second Life. This is nothing radical as SL is full of big companies. What was different is Telia Sonera plans to hold a competition for university students to submit their best ideas for how the Telia project will look in SL. If you are interested in contributing the details are HERE.