Garbo talks

I bought a Logitech headset today and tested it out briefly on my Intel iMac. I went to a Welcome area and just as I had feared for months, the introduction of voice changes everything — and not necessarily for the better: burps and curses were the first sounds I heard.

Unlike Garbo, who made the transition from the Silent Era to the Talkies, Sphere is likely to remain behind as I doubt I’ll go to the trouble of voice masking. Maybe the pluses will outweigh the minuses for business and education. But something tells me that turning SL into a Skype conference call will also make it easier to start multitasking (surfing, answering emails, etc.). We’ll no longer be compelled to “look” — we’ll start turning away…

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