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Neat.I'd bet that in 5 years or so, this will be widely available and in use on websites everywhere...
Will this technology enable hackers to literally 'put words in people's mouths', blurring what was really said?
I think you can count on this sort of tech becoming good enough (eventually) that actors will be able to literally "phone it in".Virtual and real will become more and more difficult to discern from each other. Legal systems are going to have to make some RADICAL new laws to cover this stuff eventually...
GB: Can you imagine an actor or producer having 'saved' various expressions and use the most appropriate one according to the story. Or will it eventually make actors redundant?
I wouldn't be at all surprised.Think of the Comic Book films this makes possible. Instead of casting around for the perfect actor for a "wierd" character like the Joker, you just build him. Within a decade or so, voice synthesis will allow for TOTALLY digital portrayals that will be indistiguishable from the real thing.Watch for live theatre to make a comeback the year after the first oscar for best actor goes to the guy who programmed him.
Interesting thoughts! Yes, people may one day be clammering to see the 'real' thing at Live theatres! This conversation sparks a memory of a SF short story I read, where a future government is thrown in a tizzy when a person is found able to do arthimetic on paper.
I'm fairly certain that digital actors will be on screen within the decade. And I mean COMPLETELY digital. Just look at what dig. effects did with Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian in Xmen 3. Knocked 20 years off their weathered faces, seamlessly. If they can take a real actor, capture their movements and nuances and then alter their facial features to make them look younger without losing the performance, then it's only a very short step to building an actor from the ether.Like the first great cgi (Terminator 2, The Matrix, etc.) it will be HUGE when it happens. After a while, I suspect it will lose it's lustre, much the way cgi effects have become the norm in action flicks. Live theatre will have a moment because of it, I bet.
I can just imagine the political smear campaigns in the future!
Eep!Never thought of that!Like I said earlier, our legal system is going to have to make some radical changes to allow it to keep up with the pace of technological change.
Can you imagine: Yes, that is what I look like, and yes that's how I sound, and that's how my mouth moves... but that is NOT me!
Many moons ago, Sean Connery was in "Rising Sun" and even then it was quite believable that computers could morph one person's head onto another and even compensate for shadows, reflections and motion. Tough to prove much of anything in a court of law if this stuff gets advanced enough. The most likely scenario is that in a decade or less, video evidence of most sorts will be completely inadmissable.
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