You probably know that High Fidelity is Phillip Rosedale’s latest venture. Rumor… well… fact is he is building his second virtual world. I guess a second life for Second Life Avatars…
We have already heard that he plans to use a voxel based world. I mention that in: Second Life News 2013-15. Scroll about halfway down. Voxels replace polygons and produce much more detailed worlds. The people developing a voxel engine say we can have nearly unlimited detail.
In an article in Tech Crunch: True Ventures Confirms Investment In High Fidelity, more information comes out about this possible new world. Tony Conrad of True Ventures says:
Philip is truly a Founder of a movement—his passion for authenticity in our virtual interactions is unparalleled. So it stands to reason that his most recent company, High Fidelity, is building a next-generation virtual world enabling even richer avatar interactions, driven by sensor-equipped hardware, simulated and served by devices (phones, tablets and laptops/desktops) contributed by end-users. Together with Co-Founders Fred Heiberger and Ryan Karpf, the High Fidelity team is creating a version of the SETI system, but with computers powering a tiny piece of the virtual world rather than folding proteins or looking for aliens.
I would hope you know about the SETI computers. SETI is Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. Beyond looking for little space aliens SETI is known for the computer system used to crunch the massive data delivered by the radio telescopes. The system is known as SETI@home. It is a distributed computing network. People that leave their computers on sign up to be part of the program and the SETI computers send data to home computers for processing via a screensaver. Combined the system provides 600+ teraflops of computing power.
It seems Phillip is planning to use a distributed network to gain computer power and reduce lag. I’m not so sure about the lag part. But, it is in the plan.
Read more on the High Fidelity site.