IEEE Intelligent Systems, March/April 2009, pp. 90–96

3D model of skull with volumetric mesh

3D Media and the Semantic Web

by Michela Spagnuolo and Bianca Falcidieno

3D content is widely recognized as the next wave of digital media. The success of 3D communities and mapping applications (for example, Second Life and GoogleEarth) and the decreasing costs of producing 3D environments are leading analysts to predict a dramatic shift in how people see and navigate the Internet. Greg Sterling, founder of the research firm Sterling Market Intelligence, suggests that "the Internet could very well be on its way to shifting from a text-based environment to a visually oriented 3D world."

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