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If paramedics could teleport

New World Notes has an interesting write-up of University of London’s paramedic training program in Second Life. The University, in partnership with a London hospital, are devising emergency scenarios for distance-learning participants to teleport into, to roleplay out their learning.

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HR meets VR

UK personnel magazine People Management (the in-house journal of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) have a feature article this week about businesses using Second Life. They’re more than a little sceptical about the wonders of virtual reality (”There are some good examples of the use of SL, but generally we are dubious”, saysCIPD adviser [...]

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Step into our world…

This is very interesting: IBM to host private Second Life regions – (hat tip SLLU).
IBM are planning to host their own little Second Life as a corporate intranet. Previously all SL regions were held on Linden Lab servers, but for a company with sensitive internal information (and one wanting the world to actually work properly [...]

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Bonus Monday at NWN

It must have been bonus Monday yesterday at the seminal SL blog New World Notes, with not one but two whole articles about real world company uses of Second Life.
NWN rounds up some of SL travel blogger Garth Goode’s reviews of IT companies’ presences in Second Life, from slick marketing promotions, through customer interaction spaces [...]

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Your workplace in 5 years…

Interesting reports of a report from Forrester Research. They’ve looked five years into the future and reckon that virtual worlds will be a natural environment for real everyday work for many people.
Despite the difficulties in using current technologies (SL included), they see virtual worlds as a pretty much inevitable development:

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Through the keyhole…

Have a look at this photo story on Silicon.com from earlier this year about some of the blue-chip companies with a presence in Second Life. Screengrabs from IBM, Dell, Intel, Toyota, AOL, Samsung and others.

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Business networking in SL

Interesting article in The Australian on blue chip companies’ plans to conduct internal networking in Second Life (hat tip: workblogging).
The companies mentioned, Westpac and Deloitte, seem to be impressed with the way that talking to an avatar of a colleague in another country can break down barriers for people who might otherwise not engage so [...]

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