Saturday, December 22, 2007

2007-8 Fall Course: Virtual Worlds Engineering: Internet, Metaverse and Society (Afeka)

An update version of my intro course to the metaverse (see course description) was given during this semester. We (with Hillel who was my teaching assistant) pushed for a bit more programming which led to new cool products.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Video of the 3D3C metaverse Metanomics Talk

See the video here.Earlier I reported on my talk for the Metanomics TV program. This is part of the Metaversed series of talks about the Metaverse. This is a MP4 almost 1 hr video where Robert J. Bloomfield, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management from Cornell Johnson Scool of Management asks me some difficult questions about the future.

This video can serve as a good intro to the long term value of the Metaverse.

See the video here.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Metanomics With Dr. Yesha Sivan (Monday 11:00am SL time)

The interview will be done by head of Metanomis, Robert J. Bloomfield, Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management from Cornell Johnson Scool of Management

See note in the Metaversed site.
By Caleb Booker - Posted on December 15th, 2007

This coming Monday we will be joined by Dr. Yesha Sivan, founder of Metaverse Labs (MVL). A pioneer and leader of technologies for knowledge infrastructures, Dr. Sivan's professional experience is in the development of innovative workplaces. Currently he is teaching Metaverse related courses in Afeka College of engineering, Tel Aviv University School of Computer Sciences, and Bar-Ilan University Executive MBA Program.

Dr. Sivan has been very interested interoperability problems like being able to take avatar clothing from Second Life into There. He's also been looking into how virtual world simulations can interface with the real world. We'll be talking with him about defining what virtual worlds are, and how competing companies can develop common standards for virtual environments.

We'll be changing the venue this week, but the location of the event will be announced on Monday morning right here at

Seminar on Human-Computer Interface and Augmented Reality (ARHCI 08)

I will give an overview talk about the Metaverse on the
Seminar on Human-Computer Interface and Augmented Reality (
See seminar web site.

BGU ARHCI 08 will be held on Jan 2nd, 2008 under the auspices of the Lynne and William Frankel Center for Computer Science at BGU.

Reseachers from Academia and Industry as well as graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to attend the seminar.

For additional information please contact the organizers:
* Klara Kedem, Tel 08-6477869 email: klara 'at'
* Jihad El-Sana, Tel 08-6477871 email: el-sana 'at'

Program include:
11:00 - 11:15
Coffee and registration

11:15 - 12:15
Looking to the Future in Augmented Reality Research
Mark Billinghurst, Human Interface Technology Laboratory, New Zealand University of Canterbury

12:15 - 13:00
Augmented Mashup
Eyal Gever, Gizmoz

13:00 - 13:45

13:45 - 14:30
Your Next Life: From Second Life to the 3D3C Metaverse
Yesha Sivan, Metaverse Labs Ltd., and Afeka College

14:30 - 15:15
Controlling Highly-Immersive Virtual Reality by Thought Using a Brain-Computer Interface
Doron Friedman, Interdisciplinary Center

15:15 - 16:00
Interactive Rendering of Large Polygonal Models
Jihad El-Sana, Ben-Gurion University

Coffee and open session

Friday, December 14, 2007

Privacy about Facebook

A 4:00 min video about Facebook. It state: Facebook own all that you post; and you allow them to collect information from other sources.... and it all leads to some government data collection. (music sound like the same one from the googlezone movie)

Txs to Caleb Booker (see his blog:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Demo: My Trade Show to Go -- by Procter & Gamble Professional

A recent news item in Israel (Globes here) describs a virtual show room for a conference; the idea has been around for ages. But now we can actually start to see quick implementations.

For the tech people: there is a small download that bring an Active World browser. The actual show room is sparse (not to really say empty).

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Fun Second Life Pictrures

I had to take these pictures for a project. Must share them... :-)

Saturday, December 01, 2007