Posted by Shawn on Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at 4:02 pm
The NASA Learning Technologies (LT) project plans to launch its own "persistent immersive synthetic environments in the form of massive multiplayer online gaming and social virtual world" (aka MMO.) NASA plans to develop the MMO as "as a laboratory, a massive visualization tools and collaborative workspace while simultaneously drawing users into a challenging, game-play immersion."
NASA hopes to draw people in by letting them "tinker with chemical reactions in living cells, practice operating and repairing expensive equipment, and experience microgravity" in a simulated virtual reality of an MMO. The knowlege they aquire in the game can help them with strategic thinking, interpretative analysis, problem solving, plan formulation and execution, team-building and cooperation, and adaptation to rapid change that can be translated to real life job skills.