My $.02 -- this article is a long one, a decent read, so Ill re-cap
"It feels like the early days of the Internet," says Steve Prentice, a vice-president at Gartner Research (IT ). Gartner estimates
that by 2011, 80% of Internet users and major companies will have avatars, or digital replicas of themselves, for online work and play.
I agree... very similar to 1994
Companies will need to agree on standards that would allow an open 3D world to exist.
A 3D worlds version on Apache - Opensim? -- Croquet? -- Will SL
open up their grid server in time to be a player in the open source 3D server space?
Read the rest here: http://labs.greenbush.us