Along with the Air Force’s MyBase, the U.S. Navy’s Undersea Warfare Command, and the U.S. Army’s TRADOC, have virtual presences within Second Life.
Clemons explains that My Base serves not only as an Air Force recruiting tool for the growing number of millenials who may be considering military service, but also the basis for future training using 3-D, immersive virtual worlds technologies now being developed by scientists.
Clemons told the Virtual Worlds conference that the USAF’s long-range implementation plan for virtual worlds technology in training includes, “instructional design to include updated learning theory, to take advantage of the 3-D learning environment; Advanced Learning and Technology Development (ALTD); and a new Future Learning Division with new manpower slots and funding.”
He adds that with development now underway, there will be opportunities for collaboration with universities, research institutions, and vendors now doing research and development in virtual worlds, and its use in high-end military training.
In addition, improvements in computer graphics, plus advancements in the amount of bandwidth available to applications mean that one day virtual worlds technology could be used to extend high-level 3-D learning and education anywhere in the world for just about any kind of job or task.