The MacArthur foundation is accepting applications until Oct. 15 in two categories: one for “entrepreneurs and builders of new digital environments for informal learning,” with prizes of $250,000 and $100,000; the other for “communicators in connecting, mobilizing, circulating or translating new ideas around digital media and learning,” with prizes from $30,000 to $75,000. Winners are to be announced in January.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation continues to pour money into explorations of digital media and virtual worlds — and we’re not talking Linden dollars here.
The giant Chicago philanthropy is creating prizes totaling US$2 million to recognize innovation in digital media and learning. It also is funding a series of programs at the Second Life Community convention, to be held Aug. 24-26 in Chicago. (For the uninitiated, Linden dollars are the currency of that online virtual world known as Second Life.)
MacArthur said the new awards are part of the five-year, $50 million program it announced last fall to explore the influence of digital technologies on young people’s learning, play and civic participation.
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Many of us have short memories on the evolution of the Internet…what it is today had to have started somewhere…virtual worlds have begun…and despite the current media attacks based the media’s own create hype… I still wonder how explosive will Virtual Worlds be in changing human behavior and interaction…i read a brief item today how a company has developed a pod which projects onto walls so that you and I can walk into a virtual 3d world…awesum !!
Second Life: Now in Pod Form
At an Obscura Digital event last night, the company showed off, among other things, a pod that immerses the occupant in Second Life. Teaming up with Phreak Interactive, a company dedicated to blurring the boundary between virtual and real, Obscura created an egg-like structure that projects the virtual world on its walls.””Traditional media is square, flat and 2D,” said Patrick Connolly, CEO of Obscura. “People should be immersed into it the virtual world. (They) can step into it instead of watching it.” [via SFGate.com]
Watch this video and be amazed how people talked about the internet that had a REVOLUTION population of 15million
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