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ManyOne - s**t for dummies
« on: August 05, 2003, 04:03:17 pm »
A SELF-MADE US millionaire who believes all technology came from aliens has backed a start-up he claims will transform users' internet experience "by turning it into a breathtaking three-dimensional environment that mirrors the natural world".

Before launching ManyOne Network, of which he is now chairman and chief executive, Joe Firmage founded USWeb, which became the world's largest internet consulting company under his leadership.
He left USWeb to launch SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, in May 1999.

According to SETI, more than four million people have downloaded the software and about half a million run it daily. The project, which links computers into a single analytical tool, is used by universities and government departments to detect radio signals from outer space and analyse them for patterns that may indicate intelligent life.

Moving forward, Mr Firmage and his colleagues have invested more than $US10 million ($15.3 million) in research and development in the new venture.

The company has created a next-generation internet medium using the ManyOne Universal browser and Portal Service. ManyOne previewed the two at the recent SIGGRAPH 2003 trade show.

The open-source Mozilla-based browser with the internet's first visual navigation system uses icons based on nature to navigate 3D content portals.

The Universal Portal Service provides a global distribution network for developers interested in building and publishing rich-media content in a 3D medium that Mr Firmage and his company call Web 2.0.

Powered by the ManyOne Universal Portal Service, the browser allows partners to create revenue-generating, privately labelled portals for members, delivering services such as internet access, email, universal instant messaging, news and content feeds.

ManyOne Network has also announced a licensing agreement with GeoFusion, whose technology enables software developers to build high-performance, interactive, full-globe digital Earth and world-based applications.

Mr Firmage said integrating the company's technology into the ManyOne platform would enable it to provide a canvas for photo-realistic, 3D world portals.

"With the ability to integrate feature content overlays with GeoFusion-rendered worlds, 3D 360-degree global terrain scenes and space-to-street level interactive views, the technology provides a sensory experience and fidelity unmatched by an other visualisation technology," he said.

ManyOne has also acquired MediaMachines, a provider of technologies for creating real-time, interactive 3D content based on open standards.

Over the next decade, the combined efforts will yield a living encyclopedia of more than 400,000 subject-focused portals, Mr Firmage said.

ManyOne was in the process of becoming wholly owned by a foundation that would be run like a non-profit operation, he said.