This is a blog that considers our interactions with technology and the virtually human, whether expressed in alternate worlds, video games, online, or in any sort of digitally-mediated way. I make side trips into robotics, transhumanism, and other fields that fall under the large umbrella of futurism. Many posts evaluate my own experiences but I dive into analysis now and then.
Oh, and about me? I’ve been interacting over computer networks since 1988. My education is in anthropology and I’ve spent more than fifteen years leading software products and projects, so I’m fascinated by what happens when you put people and technology together. I’ve presented papers on virtual world behavior at a couple of national conferences and I’m a professional member of the American Anthropological Association (SCA, SMA, and DAIG). My first game system was an Intellivision, I have a 20 year old AOL account (that I keep just because I can), I’ve had a Second Life existence since 2005, and I say far more words through my fingertips than my lips on any given day.
My primary virtual self is Kay Jiersen in Second Life and that’s the identity I’ve chosen to author this blog. (My real identity is no big secret, but I’m all about the avatar here!) You can reach me in SL, @avataranthro on Twitter, or kayjiersen [at] gmail.com. Cheers!