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2 thoughts on “Nothing beats a movie for developmental biologists”

  1. Well, that’s interesting… I was at the 2009 Science Online meeting, and from the audience’s point of view the Second Life interface was just gimmicky and not very functional at all. There was one guest speaker who spoke *over* Second Life, and it was just absurd to see that weird alternate reality on screen.

    I prefer webcams and video conferencing over gimmicks like Second Life as an interface for this sort of thing. There are lots of places where you can broadcast a webcast of a meeting and just have people type their questions in a chat window. That works fine. Why the need for Second Life avatars?

  2. Yes, I remember the speaker who gave the talk through Second Life. It would be preferable to have real facial expressions, for example. I bet even Skype could do better – though there is a real lag, between participants in other places and the speakers, which makes live questions a little complicated. Written ones would be better. Somewhere there was a Twitter-style question submission thing, that I thought wasn’t bad, if a little fast and furious for the speaker.

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