Everyone recognizes the green and cultural benefits of an entropic co-present virtual environment, but the implementation has been illusive.
Huh? Is that code for "if I jumble together words that don't belong in the same sentence people will believe I have insight"?
What is ahead? Another year of the same.
This is the generation of huckster worlds during which personna non make-a-difference invent new terms for old concepts and attempt to establish the credibility of retiring executives as consultants in industries in which they have played no significant role. The politics of change will be yoked to the politics of open source in an attempt to shore up failing companies who discovered too late that you cannot profit by giving away the gold and selling the purse it comes in.
Talks of virtual world standards continue to be just talk as the executives of the TLAs try to cover their reputations with their bosses by blaming the economy for their own overweaning ambition in the face of their lack of depth of expertise and technical knowledge. The next phase of the war on ISO led by IBM proxies will continue by simultaneously leveraging the favors they believe they are owed from the Obama White House and the illusions of bottom-up standards building in the wild supplemented by the mail lists harvested from the political campaigns.
IBM will keep trying to prop up Second Life by claiming it is innovative but ignoring the market that sustains it: porn. I've no objection to the content; I don't like the hypocrisy of IBM being the pimp while courting the White House.
Mobs don't build cities. They build shanty towns. Executives don't live in shanty towns. They skim them by taking a share of the crops while giving away the cardboard. A colorful street corner with a big reputation for selling sex is still just a red light district on or off the web.