Portable avatars to travel between virtual worlds?

At the Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo at San Jose, California, I.B.M. and Linden Lab, the creator of Second Life, announced plans to develop open standards that will allow avatars to roam from one virtual community to another.

At the moment, for every virtual world visitors have to build a different avatar, which is pretty time-consuming. An open system would mean that people will only need to create one avatar which could keep the same name, appearance and custom data whether it was in Second Life or anywhere else in cyberspace. However, it will take time before we face the era of universal avatars crossing the borders of different virtual worlds. Will they need to apply for a passport?

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