Pictured above (in white) holding court with industry celebs Patrick Chanezon (left, Google), Dave Sifry (Technorati) and Tim Bray (Sun), Amazon's Jeff Barr is giving a mind blowing demonstration of how he recently spoke a conference using Second Life. When these three folks get wowed by something, you know its special and when I took a peek, I was pretty blown away. The basic idea is that instead of physically going to a conference to give a keynote or a presentation, you do it from your living room. Not only that, anybody in the audience that has a computer can virtually come to the presenter's Second Life land and interact with the presenter as the presentation is happening. So, if I'm the presenter and I'm talking about open source copyrights, someone could feed back to me and say "make sure you mention patents too" and then I'd dynamically adjust my presentation to meet the needs of that audience member.
Barr has been doing a lot of thinking about Second Life and, here at Startup Camp, is leading a discussion on doing business in virtual worlds.
As you can see in the photo, Sifry is commenting on what he's seeing. As he shook his head in disbelief (at what he was seeing) and considering the amount of time it must have taken Jeff to get all of what he's done figured out (vs. the schedule he maintains in running Technorati), Sifry said "Second Life? I don't even have a first life."
But maybe Jeff's onto something. Maybe through Second Life, you can get some of your first life back.