Second Life, the Metaverse, and why you should care

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Second Life, the Metaverse, and why you should care.
Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Shriram 104
Anya Kanevsky - Linden Lab
Abstract / Description: 

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Gradually, and then all at once, the Metaverse is in everyone's newsfeed. It's a new idea full of promise for a glorious future enabled by new developments in technology! (not really). Hopefully, it's also not the dystopian future portrayed in science fiction novels of 30 years ago. What can we learn from the OG metaverse? 

* A view of where Second Life is today - in terms of numbers, communities, experiences, and future possibilities,
* an overview of the early days and some discussion of how it has evolved over time, shaped by advances in technology and changes in law
* what drives the renewed interest in the #metaverse, its promise and peril
* how technological innovations impact direction
* how do virtual economies work? What is the value of UGC? 
* Wider social implications of current and future business models.


Anya Kanevsky heads up Second Life Product, where she has overseen a shift to growth, a stronger, more balanced economy, movement towards better community cohesion, and an overall forward-looking approach.
Prior to working for Linden Lab (first joining as a contractor in 2009 and then full-time in 2014), she was involved in a number of industries, including tech, higher ed, and oil & gas. She enjoys exploring worlds both virtual and physical and takes pride in building bridges - personal and professional.

Anya holds a Master’s in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s from the same in Computer Science & Psychology. She finds leading the Second Life product a joy because it allows her to draw on both areas of study.