Today, it's hard to imagine being able to get our jobs done without the Web. Within five years, the same will be true of the immersive Internet. We will "go to work" in virtual worlds and on virtual campuses where we will use immersive workspaces, learning simulations and function- and industry-specific applications. In these environments, many of which will be 3-D, we will learn and rehearse business activities, communicate and collaborate with colleagues, prototype products, recruit and interview job candidates, visualize complex data and remotely manage systems and facilities - maybe even vehicles. We will be embodied through avatars (personas) and identifiable to others through rich profiles, allowing us to interact with each other, information, physical systems and objects virtually, socially and in a way that feels real.


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