I got my life back.” The fact that it was a pretend life didn’t deter Kristen and Steve: for them, the feelings were just as intense as if it had been face to face.They have an album of virtual wedding pictures to prove it, which they pore over as lovingly as any conventional bride and groom.“Nik” is actually Steve Sweet, 47, a mobile phone salesman from Plymouth.He, it is fair to say, looks as unlike Keanu Reeves as it is possible to be. They are avatars, online characters who were created by Kristen and Steve in Second Life, an internet fantasy world, where you can reinvent yourself and embark on the kind of adventures you’ve always dreamed of – including a WAG-style white wedding with 20ft train, and even, as we have seen today, the phenomenon of cyber-adultery.It gets even weirder once you realise that Kristen’s mother logged on to Second Life to see her “daughter” Kira wed Nik and that Steve’s mate was his best man, watching, all choked up, on the sidelines.The bizarre event was the culmination of five months of cyber-dating, during which time Kirsten and Steve’s avatars met in Second Life, struck up a virtual rapport, had virtual sex and moved in together, virtually.It is written in PHP, but uses Perl or C for Voc-daemon -- the special program to handle multiple user-connections.With Voc you can establish a chat which will serve hundreds of visitors simultaneously.
According to Irving, CEO of Sophie Bot, “The app needs no information from you; no sign up. Rather than talk to another person about sex, just go to the app,” he explains.
Sophie Bot, described as ‘Siri for Sexual Information’, is an intelligent system which stores information about sex and reproductive health.
Users can interact with this information by chatting anonymously with other users.
“Kira was everything I should have been,” says Kristen, who has a 12-year-old son. My real life was diabolical and I wanted an escape.
In Second Life I could be who I wanted to be, and when I met Nik I was in control for the first time in years.