Keyhole co-founder and Second Life veteran Avi Bar-Zeev writes a long post that argues Google Earth has a long way to go before it approaches what we commonly imagine to be the metaverse. It’s all about making 3D content semantic, he says, and this means that:
What we really need is a new language of object representation that encapsulates and preserves form and function, aesthetics, style, meaning, and behavior, all tightly coupled and never discarded in the “art pipeline” until the object is finally rendered on your screen.
Needless to say, he alludes to working on something like it. Avi’s post is a great read, full of lucid ideas.
[I’m not really doing his post justice. My post on the differences between Second Life and Google Earth will have to wait until I’m back in Stockholm on Sunday.]