The military is taking inspiration from Second Life to develop a virtual simulation for soldiers.
The US Army is looking to develop a Second Life-like virtual world to simulate military peacekeeping operations that will act as a training ground for soldiers. The Simulation and Technology Training Center of the Army’s research wing has posted a request for Information in which it is seeking proposals to build a complex architecture for a virtual world, supporting thousands of avatars and connections simultaneously.
Information Week has more on the Center’s requirement:
The avatars will be equipped with artificial intelligence and will move and interact in a terrain similar to Earth. It should allow for the administration of various training scenarios that users can react to in real time. The world should simulate weather as it happens on Earth and allow people playing to have multiple views of their actions in it, including one that allows them to look at the terrain as they would through the scope of a weapon. People controlling avatars will be able to communicate via instant messaging and through voice connections.
The Army has outlined a 3 year schedule for development and deployment of the virtual environment.
Image by commorancy