Christian Long

Will Wright: Makes Toys that Make Worlds

In TED Talks on May 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Reflection by SAM M.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Will Wright:  Makes Toys that Make Worlds

This TED Talk goes hand in hand with the TED Talk I did over Second Life/Virtual Worlds. These specific TED Talks show the social transition humans are making. As time goes by, society evolves. When society evolves, social interaction evolves. We are transitioning from face to face conversations to internet web-based conversations. Since relationships are based on conversations, you could also say we are transitioning relationship-wise, also.

In the past decade, internet use and services have become more widespread. Almost every middle-class home in America has internet service. Since internet use has become more widespread, it only makes sense entertainment firms cater to us via the internet. In the past decade we have also seen an increase in the use and availability of cellular devices. This means anyone can be contacted an anytime from anywhere (as long as they have good coverage and battery power). With the ability to contact people instantly, conversations have become less face-to-face and more whenever-wherever.

When you add up all the factors to social change and you think about how quickly societies can change, the thought of talking to another person more through a game/virtual world/instant messaging service than face-to-face doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Most of this is already happening today. It only makes sense it happens to a more widespread degree in the future.

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