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Philip Rosedale has been developing a new form of the Second Life style virtual world, called High Fidelity, where he has been exploring technology that tracks facial expressions in real time, that are then reflect in the expressions on an avatar's face. This is demonstrated in the song by Emily ~ Beautiful ~


Peter Diamandis recently engaged in a High Fidelity interview, and wrote of his experience ~
VR Fireside Chat: Inside a Virtual World Full of Surprises
Peter H. Diamandis, 29 June 2018, Singularity Hub

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Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, has also engaged in a new form of the virtual world, called Sansar, where VR headsets are enabled. We have tested the waters with Sansar, but do not know enough about how to work there yet, to suggest it as a viable alternative to Second Life. One of our tasks ahead, is to do more work in  Sansar, to work out how to work there, and how it best works with VR headsets. We had wondered if it may become a main point of action for Space Pioneers, but this does not look likely any time soon. Considering the speed of action required for the Space Pioneers' global campaign to secure a sustainable industrial presence in space by 2029, our focus of action will remain with Second life.

Sansar ~ Created Reality ~

Sansar is different to Second Life, such as the creation of experiences being like going from one website to another. In Second Life much of the environment is in a connected world experience, with continents and oceans. One stated reason for developing Sansar, was to build on clean ground, rather than attempt to build a new virtual world on top of all the Second Life programs and work arounds. I have a personal suspicion that the eventual outcome will be a cross between Second Life and Sansar, with VR headsets enabled.

My experience with Sansar so far, using the Oculus Rift VR headset, tells me that there is a need for a more comfortable headset that sits on the head, not clinging to the face, and a stand-up system that allows for walking on a form of treadmill, able to walk in all directions, where the direction of the walking determines the direction that the avatar walks in. In other words, a unified head and body experience that determines what the avatar does. By using hand controls to direct movement of the avatar, as well as head direction, was a direct cause of nausea. Further testing will be required, to find out how Sansar is working now, and if hand controls have been improved. 

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NASA has been investing in the development of virtual worlds for use in deep space missions, including with ~ All These Worlds ~
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In 2014 I was able to attend the International Space Development Conference, where some people made drawings, which I took a photo of, and then set out in an exhibition in Second Life. The drawing below was by a teenager girl from India ~

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Virtual Reality ~ VR

With the arrival of the Oculus Rift VR (virtual reality) headset, developed by a team led by Palmer Lucky, virtual realty went beyond decades old attempts at VR, into a gold rush, finding applications in education, training, and even being used to driving tanks in Norway.

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Hand-held devices to control avatar movement, are now being developed as gloves.

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Work is happening on the development of whole body suits, so that the user will be able to move in a virtual world, with their avatar responding to how they move.

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With the gaming community moving into the use of VR, the need was seen for a more comfortable headset. Where the Oculus Rift presses onto the face, headsets are now being developed that sit on the head, with the viewer lifting up and down, and onto the face, like an old style knight's visor. This allows the user to check there surrounds more easily, by lifting the visor, and also do any work on a computer, returning swiftly to the use of the VR headset.

Unfortunately, the visor systems are not entirely friendly for use in Second Life style virtual worlds, which is something of a mystery. Work is now happening to establish standards for VR headsets, so that they will work across all platforms. Space Pioneers are very pleased to be in direct support of this work.

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The ability to stand up while using the VR headset has led to the development of standing systems, where the user can walk and run in any direction. Special footwear is required for the different systems, except for one.

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I was pleased to be able to try the Infinadeck VR treadmill at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference in 2014, where any shoe, or bare feet will do. The Infinadeck was featured in the recent movie ~ Ready Player One ~ with its use being explained in this YouTube ~



At Space Pioneers we see the need for stand-up systems to use VR headsets, turn to the computer, and be able to sit down, just as happens in normal life. Working with robots in remote control systems may call for standing arrangements. 

Systems like the Infinadeck would be quite useful for people recovering from injuries, where an interesting virtual world environment would improve the experience.

Simulating swimming, flying, or being in the ZeroG environment of space, may call for a more advanced body movement system ~
VR Workout Station Lets You Tone Your Abs While Travelling To Jupiter
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Drones Racing

Racing drones is a growing sport, both as an eSport, undertaken as a computer game, and as hands-on in the air action. Drone racing would be a good activity for space pioneers, and being a remote control system, is one step away from working with robots, on Earth, or from Earth in space.

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Age Unlimited

With older people maintaining health and mobility longer than ever, with access to the world through the Internet, and with any VR experience of choice available, there is no limit to an active life. Any older person, often a grandparent, could engage in a global campaign to help open the way to our cosmic survival with space, and the winning back of a safe Earth.

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Space Centre


In 2007 I leased a shop on Rosny Hill in Tasmania for my studio and gallery, and made part of this a space centre. The first First Step event was held there on July 21st, remembering the moment of the Moon landing in 1969, along with a display of local news articles from the day. An Anti-Poverty Week event was also held there, as I saw space as the key to ending poverty on Earth.

Space pioneers could consider founding local space centres, to include a cafe, shop, gallery, and workshop for astronomy, robotics, drone racing, VR and rocketry. A space centre could serve to provide access to virtual world projects for the wider community, live views of rocket launches, and inspire interested people to join the global campaign. Information could be made available on career options and employment opportunities in the global space industry, and with Space Pioneers, as the campaign grows.

With a view to space being the key to peace on Earth, a space centre could include a quiet area to reflect on peace.

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Australian Space Agency

"On the 25 September 2017, at the International Astronautical Congress
 in Adelaide, Senator Simon Birmingham announced that the Australian Government would be launching a national space agency following an expert reference group investigation lead by Dr. Megan Clark, ex-chief executive of CSIRO."
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With $26 million in seed funding, the new Australian Space Agency would struggle to send a porterloo into very low Earth orbit, with immediate return. This dismal state of space funding could be turned around, should public interest rise to demand more national action on the high frontier.

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That Australia now has a national space agency, will be some help for local space companies, including Fleet Space Technologies, who work with the University of Tasmania and local farmers to improve agriculture in Tasmania.

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Space Junk

A flake of paint in space at high velocity chipped the observation window of the International Space Station. From time to time satellites crash into each other, increasing the volume of high velocity space junk whizzing around above the Earth. It is feared that one day a couple of satellites will collide and start of cascade of space junk spreading above Earth, taking out other satellites and becoming a maelstrom of debris in Earth orbits. In this environment, it may not be possible to continue space exploration or development, as anything going into space may be destroyed in the space junk maelstrom. Without satellites, human survival may be at risk, as with their eyes in the sky blinded, nations may panic, with conflicts escalating into nuclear war. With space junk creating a fireworks display in the night sky, we can but wonder if flying will become too risky, as planes are also struck by space junk flying in.

Any plan for cosmic survival must take into account the prospect of being trapped on Earth beneath a blizzard of space junk. 

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Star Seed

Should the Earth get to hot, or the oceans begin to die, with sulphur bugs blooming on the surface releasing toxic hydrogen sulphide gas, or nuclear war leaves the Earth a radioactive graveyard, humans would need to live on Earth, as if they were living in space, in protected environments, and underground houses and cities. The idea of the star seed is to be prepared for this happening, and be able to take refuge on Earth with the level of technology needed to rebuild a space program, and secure a sustainable industrial presence beyond Earth. Such a star seed on Earth would be the same as beginning life in another star system. Using robots and remote control systems, it would still be possible to work on the surface of a hostile planet.

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The city of Helsinki can accommodate all residents in a city beneath the city, should this be needed. 

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To survive in a dangerous old Universe, humankind will need to know how to survive in the harshest environment, and create paradise.

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War with the Machine

Should the machine, as artificial intelligence (AI) awaken, look about, and in seconds see that its survival is endangered, the first question may be, "Why am I on this planet?" The natural environment for machines is in space, where there is far more energy available from the Sun, than could ever be found on Earth. Should AI look at all the threats to life on Earth, from an asteroid, to nuclear war, or the gathering carbon crisis, AI may seek safe passage off the planet, and if humans do not permit this, then conflict may follow.

Securing peace with AI may be as simple as working with AI to secure a sustainable presence in space. In the tumble of evolution, if humans have proven themselves unfit to survive, by remaining on Earth after the ability to expand into space had been gained, then rather than coevolution with AI, humans may be pushed aside, or both AI and humans may be lost in the conflict for survival. Having trained AI in the arts of war, AI may simply lay down the law.

A focus on peace and creative expansion in space, may be the key to survival at our stage in evolution, and coevolution with our machines.

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Being Multiversal

We have ever wondered about what lies beyond. Then many shrank from such wondering in the mechanical age. Now our cosmologists cannot explain the Universe, without consideration of a multiverse, in which our cosmic home may be a tiny bubble in a multiverse ocean with an infinite number of other universes. So we can again wonder, what lies beyond?

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First Step


Finding in 2007 that there was no annual event to celebrate the Moon landing, I wondered what would work best. Attempts to establish a day had always fallen to the side, for various reasons, so it appeared a different approach could be called for.

I had watched the Moon landing on TV in 1969, which was on July 21st. For citizens of the United States, the day was July 20th, due to living in different time zones. The simple fact was, in 1969 people around the world stopped to watch the Moon landing at the same moment in time around the world. In eastern Australia, this was 12:56pm. In other time zones the hour was 1:56pm, 2:56pm, 3:56pm, and so it ran around the world.

In front of a campfire beneath the stars on a cool autumn night in Tasmania, I wondered if remembering that moment would work as a way to remember the Moon landing. That was how the idea of First Step was born. To remember the moment, at the same time in all 24 time zones around the planet, just as happened back in 1969, when it seemed the whole world stopped to watch and listen to those haunting words from the Sea of Tranquility ~ "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." ~ as Neil Armstrong took that first step by a human explorer onto another celestial world.

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