I’m a sucker for any content that shows the evolution of computing power and this one’s a peach.
I’m more or less obsessed with Artificial Intelligence and the idea of a technological singularity. This piece is an excellent (and terrifying) summary of where we’re at it and, if we’re not careful, where we’re going.
I love this so very much. A real-time illustration of the speed of light.
I’m a big fan of video games and am particularly interested in their inevitable merging with movies. There will always be ‘game’ games that are relatively abstract but we’re already seeing releases that are more like playable films. The latest and perhaps most impressive is L.A. Noire from the fine people who brought us the Grand Theft Auto series. You play as a detective in 1940s Los Angeles but the game is less about shooting bad guys than it is about questioning suspects. To that end, the producers have employed facial motion capture technology that’s so good you can make a perfectly normal, human judgement about whether or not another character is lying. This stuff is catnip to me and if you’re at all interested I recommend the video below.
Look at this: software that can perform Photoshop-like adjustments on human figures in video, making them more muscular, thinner, taller, etc. Somewhere in L.A., wee Tom Cruise is looking up with a hopeful tear in his eye. Long-term, though, it doesn’t look good for human actors, don’t you think?