Have a look at this. Nvidia are showing off the new titan GPU card. In this vid they explain about how hard it is to make a realistic human face simulation etc etc.
Go to about 8min 30sec and hit play - OMG its impressive 2 Tflops per sec rendering
Yeah, they haven’t quite pulled out of the uncanny valley yet, though it’s a VERY impressive demo.
My thought, though, was that we are rapidly going to reach a point where video evidence becomes inherently untrustworthy, since it will soon be possible to simply use a computer to render any scene you can imagine, including ones that incriminate or exonerate.
Then they start using ‘signed’ cameras, where each image gets an signature from the camera (as some high end digital picture cameras already do it).
Then someone hacks this, then the algorithm gets improoved, …
By this we get a lot more IT jobs out there
In fact it would make sense aklready if for example newspapers, TV news shows, … would only accept pictures and videos which are prooven to be real (not edited).
They’re already doing this for commercials, and have been for years. Personally I find it seriously creepy. I would not, were I a talented actor, to have someone digitally resurrect me to sell who knows what.
As impressive as it is, its still creepy and that valley is going to prove to be wider and deeper then anyone thought. I find it amazing that while the skin is impressive, the ears are anything but impressive. The people who are going to benefit the most from this board are hackers, 2 Tflops per sec, I could smack a lot of stuff with that, but then again I’m a realism dude and movies and games don’t do it for me, so I’d much rather see a G400 Gadgeteer mainboard on my desk then one of these, but as a geek I certainly salute the impressive technology that goes into making something like this, its just that the field of application doesn’t motivate me (different strokes for different folks).