Notes from presentation on High Order Bit: Second Life and Collaborative Drama at Beyond Broadcast conference.
John Lester (aka Pathfinder Linden) of Linden Lab gave an overview of Second Life as a virtual world space. He noted that the fictional analogs to SL are Neal Stephenson's metaverse and Vernor Vinge's otherverse from "True Names." He stated that Linden Labs "create the tools to give people the ability to create their dreams."
For those of us active in Second Life, John's presentation didn't break any new ground. But still it was great to hear again the broader vision of SL. He's taller in person too. :-)