Friday, March 7, 2008

Future in Second and First Life!! A tribute to men imagination, From Jules Verne to metaverse

Text and Photography by Anna Avalanche

You can also see this article at back numbers (March Issue) at: Deja vu international

Who know the future? Speculate about the future is something like ride a balloon; we don’t know where to go. Through the history men always imagine the upcoming. Scientist, Science-fiction writers, and common people using imagination made future possible. Exploring metaverse looking for interesting places and people I found out St Michel, the first museum in Second Life to honor the life and creative works of the 19th century French author Jules Gabriel Verne. His imagination and attention to detail combined to help him predict many aspects of life that are relevant even to the early 21st century, such as camera-phones and fuel-cells. Jules Verne, together with Hugo Gernsback and H G Wells, is often referred to as the 'Father of Science Fiction'.
St Michel - the Jules Verne Muse, Jockeys Ridge (134, 228, 23)

Spread over small beautiful islands and comprising self-paced informational experiences, it is hoped that the variations in type and scale of the exhibits will convey some sense of the sheer breadth of Verne's genius. St Michel - the Jules Verne Museum draws its name from a series of boats which Verne himself owned.

Veritas Raymaker a Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore designed this and other facilities in SL. According to Veritas ideally, the visitor should visit the airship first. He intentionally designed it not to be immediately clear what to do next. Anyway it is very nice to get a ride in a balloon see the sea and the islands from above and feel free! I felt like I was inside Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days”. This is a very romantic place at the sunset, but watch out when you reach the cloud. Veritas deliberately designed the airship to be unsafe! You can fall down because there are no safety railings. He wanted to evoke the sense of exploration and adventure that was very important to Verne.

Veritas is interested in education and basically the exhibits are meant to evoke emotions from each of the main literary works for which Verne was famous. Such as, Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

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As Veritas Raymaker is looking for how to help people understand more about real life, he also designed a marine environments centre dedicated to manatees and dugongs.

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This was a great surprise! All my articles are not about places in SL but real people that worked hard to create a better future in second or real life. From Van Gogh to Jules Vernes in real life to some extraordinary people I met in metaverse like Veritas.

Visitors to this Centre are provided with opportunities to learn more about the threats facing these aquatic mammals, and the efforts which are being undertaken to preserve their natural habitat.
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Hope the future for these beautiful, cute animals are not the extinction. I would love to help keeping these animals alive. Oh!! It was so cute and fun to swim with the mother and his Young baby manatee. Hope this article can help preserve all in dangerous species as well.

The Rhode-Raymaker Marine Enviro, Manatee Reserve (92, 94, 26)

So what about the future? According to Veritas Raymaker SL has a great future as a virtual world, especially because it is founded upon and driven by user-generated content. As we all know, it is the residents in SL who really make SL what it is. However, exploring SL and getting to learn about SL requires a great deal of time and patience. That is SL's biggest strength, yet at the same time it's weakness (because many people do not realize how much time it takes, and therefore leave disillusioned, or with an inaccurate understanding of how SL can help bring cultures closer).
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Maybe our closer future will be live on the moon. Till then you can have fun simulating a low gravity experience and have fun at St Michel museum or learn more about aquatic mammals.

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