"Linden Lab also plans to introduce more services, and to integrate with other popular social networks and online services, further associating the avatar with the person’s real identity.
Joe Paradiso, is spear-heading a project part funded by Second Life's creator Linden Lab, that looks to create a kind of 'wormhole' between virtual and real environments.
From an article in Forbes about the project:
"According to Paradiso's plan, anyone in the (MIT media lab) building wearing a small electronic badge can walk up to one of the small screens and peer into a landscape in Second Life and communicate with users. Second Life users will likewise use the screens to look into the real world through floating windows in the virtual world, watching passersby or even remotely sitting in on meetings."
"These devices are designed to be like wormholes that let you tunnel through to a second reality," says Paradiso. "Second Life is detached. We're tying it into the real world." ("Virtual Worlds -- A Dose of Reality," www.thisisherd.com/2008/11)