SDG 11 - Team Discussion

Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11

 
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Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Brant Knützen - Saturday, 26 May 2018, 4:23 PM
 

Hello all,

Here is a clip one of my student groups at the University of Hong Kong made in the virtual world of Second Life to illustrate their views on the issue of sustainable urban waste management:

Note: they edited the raw video footage using Camtasia video editing software.

What do you think?   Is this virtual world technology useful for illustrating the issue?   Compare it to the process of creating a similar video using real life people, garbage, fish, etc!

If you want to try experiencing the virtual world of Second Life, you can start by clicking this link to select an avatar, fill out the short form with your email, and select free SL account, and then download the free SL viewer software.

After you have created your account and downloaded the software, you can then click this link to bring up a map on a browser and click the orange button "Visit this location", then switch back to Second Life and click "Teleport" to transport to the simulation of Venice I have constructed on HKU Education Island and Lingnan Drama Island in SL.   That location is on the famous "Ponte de Rialto" bridge, and near the Duke's Palace.......I'm also building a replica of the Salute church, which is closer to this location.  I'm 3 months into it and I'm still not finished, but hey, the real one took over 50 years!  ;)

You can also try the research project I'm working on to explore the gamification of education, by playing a game I set up near the Salute church called "Pirate Ship Battle".   Can you fire the 52 cannons on the big moving pirate ship to sink all 6 of the little ships within 60 seconds, and unlock the next level?  The game is designed to require users to learn camera controls, and to collaborate on a group strategy with teammates!

If you get SL working, let me know how well it worked for you, and what you think of this technology!

Brant

Camera Controls Tutorial


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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Brant Knützen - Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 8:00 PM
 

In one of my virtual builds I created a simulation of a medieval town, complete with a river, waterfalls, flowing water and a waterwheel house!  

Perhaps this might be useful for students to experientially explore, more convenient and safer than going to the rural location in the physical world?

In the pictures below I am terraforming the land to create a flat space for the village, with a ridge of mountains in the background, and then creating the town along a main street.   The waterwheel house was up in the mountains, above the river.   

Could this technology be used to train students about urban planning, power production, and waste management?

Brant










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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Soniya Suruli Raj - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 2:18 AM
 

Hi Brant ,

I just came across this biobus, which may also serve as a good source for urban waste management,if implemented in several cities.The following link shows how it functions.


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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Brant Knützen - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:31 AM
 

Hi Soniya,

That's a very well-produced video about an excellent way to produce fuel from waste!

I love the drawing on the side of the bus: everyone sitting on the toilet producing fuel!  ;)

I think a good way for the rich countries to help poor countries would be to help them construct waste processing plants like the one in this video, which take in sewage and food waste and produce fuel!

This kind of investment in long-term solutions to waste management would be a great way to help developing countries!

Brant

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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Soniya Suruli Raj - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:46 AM
 

Yes Sir, 

This kind of investment will be more helpful for the developing nations than investments in nuclear power plants etc., 

And I saw another video of the city of Stockholm,  leading the way towards environmentally friendly urban living. 


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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Gokul Kandel - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 5:23 PM
 

hello Brant,

Great to view those ideas. Lets hope the country will be developed in proper sense than development of unwanted project like nuclear and non-renewable one.

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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Abinash Thapa Magar - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 6:09 PM
 

Hi Brant and Soniya 

Yes definately the video is very interesting, it would be a great idea for cities developing countries for solid waste management.

Abinash


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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Soniya Suruli Raj - Thursday, 31 May 2018, 2:24 AM
 
Yes sir using virtual technology to teach people is really a good example for using technology in the right sense.And the above videos are thought-provoking.
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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Abraham Wahyu Nugroho - Saturday, 30 June 2018, 12:43 PM
 

Hi Brant,


It's very interesting and also it's new for me. Should I go to computer laboratory in my campus? Brant, may I know about computer specification to make virtual world of Second Life?

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Re: Virtual World technology: Second Life and a simulation involving SDG 11
by Kresno Widyatmoko - Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 1:31 AM
 
Hay Brant,

Your platform is very cool, and also useful. Like Sims games, hopefully there will be developments in terms of vitur in it such as the addition of landfills and other components related components With SDGs material now. It's just a suggestion for development. Thanks 

Regard,

Kresno