Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Metanomics' Host Robert Bloomfield Interviews Christian Renaud

eClips has partnered with Metanomics host Robert Bloomfield to present clips of his interview with Christian Renaud that took place on June 30, 2008 in Second Life.

Until recently, Christian Renaud was the Virtual Architect of Networked Virtual Environments for the Cisco Technology Center. During the interview, Bloomfield asked Renaud about Cisco's interest in virtual environments, Renaud's thoughts on the future of virtual worlds and Renaud's recent decision to leave his position at Cisco to lead some startup ventures on his own.

"Metanomics" refers to the study of the business and policy aspects of the "metaverse" of virtual worlds. Metanomics can focus on issues arising within virtual worlds, such as how developers manage the economy of a game world (like Second Life), or how residents of virtual worlds manage and regulate business. Metanomics also includes the study of how real-world businesses can use virtual worlds as part of their strategy, and how real-world law and regulation might apply to virtual-world activities.

Robert Bloomfield is the Nicholas H. Noyes Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting at the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. In September of 2007, Professor Bloomfield unveiled his new talk show, Metanomics, to TechCrunch. The concept of the show proposed an innovative goal – to discuss and dissect business and policy matters in the “Metaverse” of virtual worlds. Metanomics is primarily aired in the virtual world of Second Life; however, its scope is not limited to a single virtual realm and Professor Bloomfield is known to take the show to other worlds, such as Active Worlds, There, and Kaneva.

Interested in hearing more? Listen to Christian Renaud's comments in eClips.

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