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Michael Williams

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The internet 2.0, a virtual new world.

Imagine if you will, taking our current planet, and Digitizing it, uploading it as the Internet 2.0.
We use the internet today and think it's the most advanced thing we have ever used. Yet in 100 years, the internet will look drastically different, I think it's going to be visual like our world around us is. Allowing for more easily accessible features to become even more second nature. Think walking around your neighborhood for a stroll. Now imagine opening up a web browser and walking around the internet, starting at your home, go out in your virtual yard and see and interact with those around you. Or maybe even just teleport to another location miles away in milliseconds, and play a game with someone across the world visually. We do this already but not in the same context, you'll see them as if they were actually there and most likely with all sensations intact. With this level of native sensations we'd be more free to express ourselves as we would without knowing much computer jargon or programming. We'd be able to take ideas and mold them into more fruitful apparitions, instead of throwing it on the back burner while we learn what we need to go further with a concept.

We'd have our own Location derived IP addresses based on personal and geographical input but more so over we'd have our own virtual real estate to do as we see fit, opening up a new realm of marketing and economics. Yes we already have internet economics now, but not on this scale, Advertising would become more relevant, being location based empowering the small business owner. Buying and selling of products both virtual and physical ( though I think in the future we wont buy items we will buy BPOs ( Blueprint Orders ).
At the same time security could be more focused and traceable. Our actions and processes would be more related to our location in the internet, allowing for easier sensing of trouble and potential issues before they happen.

Games and learning more rewarding.



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    Apr 24 2013: Interesting question but something bugs me. Do you think we should be having completely independent virtual identities in such space or our 'real' identities? Moreover, I am a bit frustrated not to see a virtual money redeemable with 'real' money safely and without hassle.
    2nd Life is a good attempt, but it's too life like.

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