I would like to point out that the main reason this world exists (VR5) is to advance the concept of the Metaverse in the direction that many people (including myself) have written extensively on.
An electronic representation of a real world environment, populated by real people and programs (known as bots or daemons). Within such an environment it is possible not only to interact with the scenery as you would in real life, it is also possible to interact with other system users in 3D real time
This definition is taken directly from the Quicksilver Metaweb, where you will also find a pretty good full length description of this media and what it is expected to do. The analysis also covers corresponding technologies and their advancement curves set by Moore's Law, and as far as I am aware of, has been cited in a handful of College Thesis based on the subject.
The reason I know this is because I wrote it, and those college students emailed me to let me know they are citing my work. The professors have also emailed me (and in some cases called me personally) to verify who I am and why I am important enough to be cited. You can read it HERE
And unlike prior writings, has survived unedited, for over two years on an open source wiki system. There are college professors and IT specialists who periodically scan that entry and make appropriate changes to make sure of it's accuracy (mostly) and to make sure of it's overall relevance to the definition.
I have over 6 years of experience in Internet Environment systems as well as a well versed Internet Sociology background spanning from 1995 onward to today.
To put it bluntly, I have learned alot about Metaverse systems, chaos theory and virtual environments and their construct/destruction at the hands of unwitting corporations who didn't understand the media or the crowd mentality behind it. There are probably other people out there with a better knowledge of this media than I have, but only because they have been around years longer than me.
I am looking to make a real Metaverse, or at least contribute to it's growth and acceptance. What we have now is nothing more than a mere beginning, and of all the technologies availible to me I have chosen Active Worlds to work with. Not because Active Worlds has more eyecandy, or because Active Worlds as a company is doing something right by itself or by it's userbase. I chose Active Worlds because the technology itself is not living up to it's potential, regarded as a mere 3D Chatroom. This browser is capable of so much more than people give it credit for, and I look to show off everything it can do.
My biggest hope is that people around the world have the same ambition and dream as I do, instead of wasting the time of others trying to bash these explorations of technology.