Friday, February 5, 2010

Reality ... Only Better

I recently got Sky HD after some familial arm-twisting (admittedly just one arm ;-) Alas it does nothing to improve the quality of any of the junk that is on TV (and there's an awful lot of that), but watching the BBC's How Earth Made Us in HD was stunning. And I am looking forward to the sport.

HD and all that reminds me just how extraordinary are the tools and technologies we now have available to us to create and to delight. And we will do so profitably, even on our own little Innovation Islet. The exciting thing for me is that we are only just at the beginning of a new, global flowering in creativity fuelled by a combination of affluence and inventiveness. Just like in Shakespeare's time - as Paul Cantor reminds us in his insightful lecture.

If you would like to get a glimpse of what the next global flowering of creativity might look like, just check out this example of computer-generated (CG) animation (HT Robin Hanson). I was watching it for a few minutes (in HD, full screen mode on my Mac), thinking 'this is very nice but when will the CG stuff start?' Only to realise - O-M-G - that it was all CG, from the very beginning. As Hanson observes about it: 'If you doubt at all that virtual reality could really be as detailed and vivid as our reality, take a look'. Enjoy:

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.



HD version here

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