I was looking at some pics I'd taken in Second Life over time. It's remarkable how my avatar has gradually become more realistic-looking by incremental progression since a few months ago.
Whether either of the SL pics bears any resemblance to the real me, in the middle for comparison with the old one underneath and the new one on top, is another question entirely. In that respect, I've cheerfully progressed from cruelly recognisable self-caricature to (perhaps less recognisable) super-optimistic idealisation.
Isn't this more an example of "Intelligent Design"? ;-)
More seriously, SL seems like a fascinating place for testing evolutionary computation. Release a thousand creatures into the virtual reality, allow them to reproduce and mutate, and let the virtuous survive! I'm sure this violates some SL Terms of Service, but it does sound like a great way to show people just what natural selection can do.
(It's certainly a lot cooler than flooding the system with grey goo.)
Ah, it's been done.
The new avatar looks great. I also like the shirt.
Apropos of, A two-minute explanation of Second Life.
Advisory: NOT WORK-SAFE!!! But bloody funny.
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