If only we could move ahead and get academic departments all over the world working on the same grand vision. We'd not only have a platform for connecting in cyberspace, we'd have a place to try out interesting algorithms, play interesting games, interact with interesting data, and do some important research as to how these cyberspace platforms could be used more effectively. Seems Rensselaer Polytechnic is building a video games major (I read it in the alumni magazine). Certainly part of such a degree should be spent developing the underlying environment on which games can be rolled out en masse. Who else is going to follow suit? How long is it going to take to get this going (and having the different students from different universities participate in one massive project?
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