from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The uncanny valley refers to the creepy-looking appearance that many computer-generated people have when their virtual features don’t quite seem as natural as the real thing. But as technology improves, virtual people are starting to look more natural and less like zombies. Here are just a few examples of some artificial humans that are bound to become more widespread and acceptable.
- The NY Port Authority is renting some avatars for a few months to serve as customer service agents for travelers to New York city. Does Siri really need a face? Let’s just hope there’s no “blue screen of death” for these automated agents… [url]
- Tupac Shakur is on tour again as a hologram — prompting some folks to question some aspects of the intellectual property rights of dead artists. Forget using real artists, there are already completely fabricated singers/actors. [url]
- Using just a PS3, game developer Quantic Dream demoed a virtual android named Kara to promote its technological skills in creating real-looking fake people. With better hardware/software, it looks like developers could jump over the uncanny valley entirely. [url]
- To discover more interesting tech-related content, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.