Saturday, January 26, 2008

Philip Rosedale at the Davos conference

One of the hottest tech events these days is the World Economic Forum in Davos. Through twitter I've received a lot of updates, especially through Robert Scobleizer's stream. Seems like things get pretty seesmic over there.

One of the interesting points from a Second Life point of view was Adam Pasick of Reuters' interview with Philip Rosedale, CEO of Linden Labs. The interview touched some interesting topics and even though Philip tried his best to stay as political as possible, some to the point questions resulted in some interesting answers (as summarized by Digado)

…HTML in Second Life

“Maybe, quite possibly in the next couple of months. Not on the main grid but in a close to ‘finished’ state so…. May 2008. Definitely.”

…People leaving second Life soon after Signing Up

On the question whether Philip regrets seeing so many people leave Second Life close after they signed up he told Adam he did. He tells us he would have loved to step in a time machine, go back, and change things before they left. But he also says the problem was or is twofold. One is obviously the software, Linden Labs ‘part of the deal’ - and then there is the community, responsible for the content of Second Life. The content of Second Life wasn’t appealing enough to these people either to keep them from leaving, but he is confident this will change in the future as he talks about media the media coverage of 2006.

…the media hype

Philip goes on to say the media has created a ‘too pretty picture’ - thats why many people came into Second Life to early, and left when they were faced with disappointment. Second Life has not been able to live up to the High expectations but Philip was confident these people will return once they find Second Life offers more applications, and is able to meet at least some of these users in their expectations. He continues to say we will see more Hype Cycles because of this every 12 to 18 months for the next 5 years.


Sounds like Prokofy has been calling in, and Philip says: I don’t care. Well spoken Philip.

…Copyright issues

Technical rights management is not too difficult, he claims it is within the range of Linden Labs capabilities at the moment. What will take time is to implement these rules and get them right. He wants to make certain he doesn’t underestimate the issue of ‘Content Right Control’ and is well aware Linden Labs is on an experimental level here.

The complete interview can be found on Reuters and is well worth a listen.

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Blogger dyerbrookME said...

Jesus, VJay, aren't you a troll. I never called in anything to this show. Philip is hopeless on this issue, and I wouldn't bother. I sent in a completely different question, for Mitch Kapor, about open source and land and their business model, I think it was ignored.

Ad-farms are an unmitigated disaster in Second Life. They are not about creative rights on land; they are not even about advertising. If they really were ads, that really advertised stuff that got sales, I might even come around to appreciating them.

But they aren't. You haven't researched this issue at all, obviously, if you can cynically applaud the maker and seller of land when he turns around five seconds after thousands of dollars are spent on it by hapless customers, and lets vandals devalue it from their 16 m2 perches.

These ad farms are priced at extortionist prices to force people to buy back the view.

I wish people like you would actually get in world more and off your blogs. I'm happy to give you a tour so you can concentrate your little mind wonderfully.

Philip Rosedale is a vandal himself for saying that.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 2:34:00 PM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

excuse me, carefull reading:

"some to the point questions resulted in some interesting answers (as summarized by Digado)"

hence the courier font.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 5:05:00 PM  
Blogger Digado said...

Ohh its so easy to get you to bite Prokofy, even a harmless joke and you start a rant (and to the the wrong person none the less). Its well known you oppose those banners.

Besides, you really need to learn to be to the point, just because you type a lot doesn't mean you a have a lot to say. Consider this a reply to your other post (rant) as well.

Saturday, January 26, 2008 5:55:00 PM  
Blogger VeeJay Burns said...

okay.. that's enough. More won't be published from you lot ;)

Saturday, January 26, 2008 5:57:00 PM  

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