Newsletter #10 (Premium): Virtual Humans. Mark Zuckerberg says that Mixed Reality is the next big thing.
Perfecting human CGI, virtual influencers, and digital human art, music, and entertainment
"I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion."
“Augmented and Virtual Reality is going to be the next major computing platform.”
PART 1 - IN THE BEGINNING…
The 2013 movie "Her" featured a lonely man called Theodore, who finds happiness and love with a woman called Samantha.
Set in the not-too-distant future, Theodore meets Samantha online after he signs up to "the world's first artificial intelligence operating system".
Although Theodore experiences a real "human connection" with Samantha, the fact is that she is not real.
Samantha is a virtual human (with the voice of Scarlett Johnson), who bonds with Theodore (played by Joaquin Phoenix) in every way, except physically (because she's not real).
But this was just a movie. And Samantha was “just” a voice.
So, the question is, how far from reality is this Hollywood version of the future?
PART 1 - QUEST FOR REALISM
It starts with the computer graphics (“GC”) and the tech behind high-fidelity virtual humans.
And be clear, it’s no mean feat to bring compelling real-time digital humans to life. It is technically challenging and time-consuming.