Kurt Vonnegut in Second Life on the Radio

April 13, 2007 in Youthcast by Kiera Feldman

RIP Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

If you're familiar with Kurt Vonnegut's work, it's pretty funny (and not terribly surprising) that his last interview was conducted in an online virtual reality called Second Life. It was recorded in August, 2006, and will broadcast next week for the radio show The Infinite Mind. Click here to watch the video.

Consider yourself forewarned: the visual component of this interview is mad boring. Given all the Second Life media hype, I was expecting much more. In theory, Second Life might be really exciting for things like higher education. Yet, I think I'll maintain some Vonnegut-style skepticism of technology–especially given the early signs that Second Life is becoming more regulated and policed (for example, the FBI is apparently keeping an eye on virtual things).