Linden Lab’s CEO Ebbe Altberg spoke at VWBPE 2016, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. There are some interesting points made in the speech. Some are changes and others are just making it more clear what the Lab is planning with Project Sansar®.
For about 12 minutes Ebbe was talking about Second Life™ and Project Sansar. Then the question and Answer part starts. The moderators were doing an excellent job of focusing questions. That got lots of ground covered.
I’ve done my summary style index. Paraphrasing. And I’ve added links into the video for those things I think have impact.
The most impactful thing I took away from this Q&A is how often Ebbe implies and says Project Sansar and the final resulting product will not be a replacement for Second Life. He provides way more information on why not. If you’re an educator, you may well be keeping your projects in SL with… I’ll say… links to very focused experiences in Sansar.
Ebbe makes it VERY clear that much of what we do in SL won’t be possible in Sansar for 2016 and probably 2017. He makes it VERY clear Sansar and SL will remain very different products. Also, that real time building in Sansar is far too costly to render speed to be a part of the Sansar Experience. That doesn’t mean there won’t be in-world building tools.
Go back to the WordPress analogy. Ebbe is talking about there being a creative mode and a PUBLISHED mode. You are reading this in the published mode. I wrote it in Word. I added pictures in the WordPress editor and did a few formatting things. Then I scheduled or published the article.
Sansar is going to be similar. There will be a publishing step. I gather that it will be like a compile that optimizes the build for performance. The building phase will be like the WordPress editing tool. We may be in a 3D VR VW… but, will others be in there with us? I would guess not. But, I suspect that would be a goal of the Lab.
And Lindens dollars will NOT be used in Sansar. WOW! But, don’t freak! There will be an exchange allowing Linden$ to be transferred to Sansar$ and back. I suggest you listen to Ebbe on this point. He doesn’t see this as a big thing because we can transfer funds between the two products. (see 36:00)
I thkn this has probably always been the idea. It is just how he words it for this audience that is different. But, I’ll bet his wording causes a ruckus.
We can start signing up for the beta in June, probably. If you are a looky-loo, expect not to make it in. It will be late 2016 or even 2017 before the masses can go in.
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