The new movie Avatar has generated a lot of excitement over what it would be like to go to work and control a body other than your own, all in a virtual, “safe” world. But as reported by
University in the Stanford Report, avatars have already been widely used in the video game industry and now they’re gaining popularity in the workplace.
According to the Stanford Report, “thousands of employees at companies like IBM, Cisco, SAP and Boeing have been using avatars to interact with colleagues and customers around the world” during the last three years.
Professor Byron Reeves, Communications, who was interviewed by the Stanford Report, says avatars are (1) practical for today’s workplace when employees are spread out all over the physical world, (2) easy to use (there’s a quick learning curve), and (3) fun to manipulate.
In reading this Stanford Report article, the following points jumped out at me (my thoughts are in parentheses):