The thought experiment: The satellite imagery in Google Earth is just data, information, bits. What if Google recreated Google Earth using the underlying Google Earth engine, but instead of skinning it with satellite imagery, they started it as a blank sphere (tabula rasa) and they let common, everyday folk create what a (building, block, township, county, state, continent) looked like? And then let folks create their own world by weaving together the terraformed creations? That would kinda be like SL, wouldn’t it?
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