Mike Slinn
Mike Slinn

Presenting EmpathyWorks at a Private Equity Roundtable

Published 2009-02-22.
Time to read: 1 minutes.

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The private equity round table vSIG is focused on applying virtual worlds to solve pressing business issues. The group meets once a month on Sandhill Road in Palo Alto, CA. Members include software entrepreneurs, VCs, academia and researchers.

2020 Update: the vSIG has morphed into Venture Capital Roundtable Silicon Valley.

This will be part two of two. During the last meeting I introduced the topics of modeling relationships and behavior and presented background concepts.

The main points I made were:

  • Relationships are far more than just directory entries, they are the foundation of expression and provide context for interpreting behavior
  • The ability to recognize another individual is necessary in order to form a relationship with them
  • Personality is perceived, not an absolute or fixed quality
  • Behavior is defined by responses and is contextually dependent
  • Today’s artificial beings suffer from Alzheimer’s
  • It is more useful to model an entire community than a single individual
  • Personas represent an individual in various contexts

I then introduced EmpathyWorks™, a generalized relationship and behavior modeler that I have been working on for a few years.

The EmpathyWorks Mascot