High Fidelity reveal currency and IP protection roadmaps

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

In a pair of blog posts, Philip Rosedale of High Fidelity revealed the company’s plans to use blockchain technology as both a virtual worlds currency and for content protection.

The blockchain is described as “an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value” (Don Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World). It allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamper-proof public ledger of value. While it is most recognised for its role in driving Bitcoin, the technology is seen by more than 40 of the world’s top financial institutions as a potential means to provide speedier and more secure currency transactions. However, the technology has the potential to have far wider application.

To understand the basics of the blockchain, think of a database…

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Sansar: visiting some Creator Challenge winners

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Sansar: Secrets of the World Whale – Teager

Prior to the public Creator Beta opening, Linden Lab issued a challenge to those creators who were a part of the Creator Preview and who helped to move Sansar to a point where the Lab felt they could open the platform to a wider audience.

On offer in the competition, which closed on July 24th, were a series of cash prizes to be awarded to creators who, “create an experience with Sansar that takes the tools currently available and pushes them to their limits”, offered across a range of categories: Best Overall; Best Gaming Experience; Best Media Experience; Best use of Physics; Best use of Scripting; Best Visual Design; Best Sound Design;  and Best Narrative Design.

On Wednesday, August 16th, Linden Lab announced the winners of the challenge, together with honourable mentions, and I was pleased to see that some of the…

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Lovefest 2017: celebrating H.P. Lovecraft in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The 2015 Lovefest carnival

Lovefest – the Second Life celebration of the birth of H. P. Lovecraft – will open its doors for 10 days of festivities commencing on Thursday, August 17th, 2017. The event will run through until Sunday, August 27th.

This year marks the 127th anniversary of Lovercraft’s birth on August 20th 1890, and the event’s 6th year. There will once be a wide range of celebratory activities – shopping, music and dancing, live music, film showings, open microphone events, live storytelling in voice, dance troupes and an adventure for people to enjoy!

Deep Diving in the Pacific Ocean

Voyage to the bottom of the sea at Lovefest 2017

For 2017, the adventure takes visitors deep under the sea with the Miskatonic University Oceanic Expedition Team!

Those volunteering to participate will sail into the vast Pacific Ocean aboard the research vessel S.S.Abigail. Whilst en-route team members…

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