[LINK] Second Life

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Sat Jan 13 09:36:32 AEDT 2007

On Sat, Jan 13, 2007 at 12:26:06AM +1100, Stephen Loosley wrote:
> Grand Slam tennis that's out of this world
> http://www.theage.com.au/news/biztech/grand-slam-tennis-thats-out-of-this-world/2007/01/12/1168105128562.html
> Stephen Hutcheon
> January 12, 2007
> [...]
> IBM, which provides the IT services and technology backbone for Tennis
> Australia's Grand Slam tournament, has built a three dimensional
> facsimile of the Melbourne Tennis Centre complex inside a virtual
> world called Second Life.
> Over the duration of the two week tournament, data will be fed from
> games in the real Rod Laver Arena into the unreal one, nano seconds
> after happens.

wow! this is really valuable science research - it answers the
age-old question of "what could possibly be more boring than watching
live tennis on TV?". 

previously, it had been thought that TV tennis represented a fundamental
limit on boringness (a universal constant, a limit like that of
the speed of light), but now it is known that under exceptional
circumstances, this limit can be exceeded.

"it's like a boredom wormhole", gushed IBM representatives, "it allows
us to concentrate more boredom per unit of time than the universe
ordinarily allows. the implications are staggering".

> IBM has poured many, many hours into this project to showcase what
> some at the giant US technology company believe could be a new way of
> doing business. It's no gimmick. Big Blue is serious about this.

looks like 100% gimmick to me.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>           (part time cyborg)

More information about the Link mailing list