Rosedale says he wouldn't have predicted many things about the direction users have taken the world.
"I thought that when you came into 'Second Life,' you'd see, like, 'space port Alpha' ... a wild mishmash of future visions," he says.
In fact, there are many futuristic landscapes and cyber-punk characters. But advertisements are everywhere, and much of the world's residential property looks like Malibu — a reflection of people's earthly desires.
"They want oceanfront property ... and they want palm trees, and they want a cantilevered Frank Lloyd Wright house, up a little bit from a beach at a pier with a little power boat ... And then they watch the sun set on the deck," he says.
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