UPDATED: Virtual Reality Pioneer Jaron Lanier Speaking Today at the Delphi Talks in Sinespace

This might be late notice to some of you, but Sinespace is hosting an interview with VR pioneer Jaron Lanier today, Tuesday, April 3rd, at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. You do need to register in order to gain access to this event; you can do that on this page.

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As I previously mentioned, the Delphi Talks are a regularly scheduled series of guest speakers on a variety of topics, held in a specially constructed stadium within the virtual world of Sinespace. Jaron will join The Delphi Talks from his Californian base, to talk about his new book, his philosophy of virtual reality, and perhaps share some insights from his work at Microsoft Research.

UPDATE 7:05 p.m.: While waiting for the show to start, I took a few pictures of the Delphi Talks arena where the talk was to take place, using Sinespace’s built-in Snapshot tool:

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There were 55 avatars present, an impressive turnout! The Sinespace avatars look noticeably better now with the most recent update of the client software (I still prefer the Sansar avatars, though). While we were waiting, Sirishkumar Manji played the Indian drums for us (he’s seated in the centre of the red circular rug), which was quite entertaining. I want to know how he got his hand movements to sync up so well with the actual drumbeats! It was almost like watching a live performance.

Finally, after a 35-minute delay, an apology was issued: the announcer regretted to inform us that Jaron Lanier’s graphics card had failed and he was unable to join us. Therefore the interview will be rescheduled to a later date. Too bad!

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Sansar Pick of the Day – Ready Player One: Aech’s Basement, a Brand New Experience by Sansar Studios

According to today’s New York Times, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is officially the number one movie in the world. (I have yet to go see it, but I did listen to the audiobook version of Ernest Cline’s science fiction novel last year, so I know the story line.) Anecdotal reports are coming in on Reddit of people going out and buying virtual reality hardware after seeing the movie, which is what some people were hoping.

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Linden Lab announced on Friday that they had set up a second Ready Player One experience in Sansar, in addition to Aech’s Garage, which was announced during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. This new experience is called Ready Player One: Aech’s Basement, and it recreates the 1980s-era suburban basement rec room simulation which Aech built in the OASIS, and which served as a meeting room for the main characters in the book.

I was a teenager in the 1980s, and I can tell you that visiting Aech’s Basement was like taking a step into a time machine! The same wood paneling on the walls, the same old-fashioned red telephone with an actual dial sitting on the bar…it’s uncanny! I almost tripped over the Hot Wheels tracks laid out on the floor!

The experience is full of many nods to 1980s pop culture, and there are several spots where you can click a play button to hear Aech talk about some of them. It’s almost like Aech is giving you a personal tour!

The basement is rather dimly lit, so these pictures are not the greatest. You really do owe it to youself to come visit Aech’s Basement and experience it for yourself! It’s so well done!

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Check out the cassette tape collection behind the sofa!
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Dungeons and Dragons!

Visiting Aech’s Basement was like taking a trip back in time to my own teenage rec room, and I enjoyed this experience tremendously. Job well done, Sansar Studios!

NOTE: You can install the Sansar software client, if you don’t already have it, at https://www.sansar.com/download. And then you can visit Aech’s Basement by selecting it from the Sansar Atlas (it’s one of the four Sansar experiences profiled in rotation along the top of the Atlas page), or just by searching for “Aech” in the Sansar Atlas, or simply by clicking this link: Ready Player One: Aech’s Basement.

Happy Easter! (Stuff I Accidentally Bought in Second Life, #2,907 in a Series)

Ever buy something accidentally in Second Life? Well, I visited the Easter Town sim in Second Life, and at the landing point I saw this sign:

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I clicked on the sign to see what was in the package, and then my fingers tripped over the keyboard and I accidentally bought it! Thought I may as well wear the damn thing.

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The egg basket with the matching pink bow was a hunt prize from RC Cluster from one of The Bunny Hop hunts years ago! It comes with a built-in AO (like most of Redd Columbia’s quirky gadgets) that not only holds the basket, but lifts my other arm to my eyes as if I am searching for eggs! Very cute.

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Happy Easter!

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