Zoomii, Virtual Book Browsing and Chariots
I am participating in the Association of Virtual Worlds, a new collaboration between 3D social and business explorers. The new organization has surpassed 2,000 members in only three months. As part of my research into 3D worlds I found a new site, Zoomii that offers a taste of what 3D browsing and Web Services can do when mixed together. The site is detailed on the Amazon Web Services blog and uses S3 and EC2. I think it is quite impressive. From the developer:
” I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t even have tried to build Zoomii without Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3; it would have looked too expensive, too daunting. And, of course, Zoomii couldn’t exist without access to a dataset like that. It looks like Amazon is growing a good business with its web services, but it’s providing far more value than it captures–you changed the equation for a lot startups and other projects.â€
As Cyndy Aleo-Carreira of Profy points out- rather than blog about how cool Zoomii is why not just buy them instead? Zoomii is an excellent example of revenue sharing and the type of innovation that underscores the changes going on in affiliate marketing as people know it. The changes are going to come faster and faster.
Sam Harrelson points out with an apt historical metaphor around the Ides of March (and on my birthday- thank you Professor Harrelson) about how the Assyrians failed to build better chariots and how this mistake cost them their post as a super power in the ancient near east. In Sam’s words:
“Or you could head over to the Oriental Institute at Univ of Chicago and ponder how, much like the consultants, false confidence in their own superiority (instead of developing better chariots) cost the Assyrian empire itâ€™s position as a super power in the ancient near east. Both would accomplish the same thing.”
For those wondering what Sam and my babble about Snowcrash, science fiction as business metaphor, and virtual worlds have been about, let me put it very simply: Virtual worlds, web services and creative marketing are just some of the building blocks that go with building a better chariot.
One of the best places to learn about chariot building for the future is in the hallowed halls of history. Why? Because history tends to repeat itself. We are entering an era of quantum computing and artificial intelligence. We don’t have much history to go on, but we can use our fluid intelligence to solve these problems and cross-pollinate ideas from other disciplines e.g. Drexler’s, Engines of Creation (free).
Have you checked up on your chariots lately?
Are you prepared for the changes that are coming?
Is your mining operation set-up to strike gold or pyrite?