Kurzweil highlights an article by Wade Roush which predicts that the Web will morph into a giant, earth absorbing World Wide Sim. Whilst I found the article interesting, I think the real future of meta-worlds will be when we have more avatars driven by personalised AI.
I don’t have the time to wander and fly around Second Life, nor to meet new people when I could be working, blogging, talking to my children, or playing rugby. What I want is to be able to have two or three avatars, each armed with an aspect of my character, sent out on missions. One might research holiday resorts, one may convey greetings to people I really ought to keep in touch with, and another may head out and interview somebody.