Avatars are everywhere nowadays. Not only in fully immersive virtual worlds but also on social networks in Flatland such as Twitter, Facebook etc. They come in many forms and one might even say there have been avatars for centuries, like the heads of kings on coins or of presidents and other important people on paper money.
At the MetaMeets conference in Amsterdam I interviewed Tim Gorree, IT Solution Architect at Nokia, about avatars:
What we’re talking about#change11 #cooplit #mindamp #thinkknow 3D printing ai apple avatars blue mars bruce sterling cory doctorow coursera curation economics facebook finance futurism gamification google high fidelity howard rheingold innovation kinect linden lab literature metameets metanomics microsoft minecraft moocs nmfs_f11 oculus rift peeragogy philip rosedale ray kurzweil robert scoble second life singularity singularity university stephen downes storify telepresence the well twitter virtual communities