Monday, March 31, 2008

When Does Virtual Become More Than Virtual?

Creepily lifelike CGI woman - Cory Doctorow @ BoingBoing

What you see to your right is a computer generated image, that's right, a CGI. Apparently some Brazilian firm was tasked to create a lifelike CGI person without falling into the uncanny valley problem. This is true hyperrealism as the image is nothing more than a simulation. Much like Rei Toei of William Gibson's Idoru and All Tomorrow's Parties the image is a step toward an era of simulated actors and musicians and other celebrities. That celebrities are mainly manufactured and simulated anyway, this isn't much of a leap but that the tech is already here is amazing.

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