Today’s virtual bloggers and influencers are dumb, AI will change that

Today’s virtual bloggers and influencers are dumb, AI will change that

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more researchers and companies experiment with creating life-life, interactive digital humans today’s bloggers and influencers could soon be replaced.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. One of Instagram’s hottest influencers is a fake 19 year old virtual...

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Japanese researchers unveil their stunning “full body DeepFakes”

Japanese researchers unveil their stunning “full body DeepFakes”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Pandora’s Box has been opened, and very soon you won’t be able to tell what content was created by a human, and what was created by a machine.   I’ve been talking about the rise of realistic, people fooling synthetic content that’s created by machines...

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Stuntmen face the last act as technology comes to replace them

Stuntmen face the last act as technology comes to replace them

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are increasingly few areas of work and society that technology isn’t influencing, and even stuntmen aren’t immune.   A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system has been used to create computer animated stuntmen that could make action movies cooler than before. Researchers at University of...

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Death isn’t forever, companies build digital avatars so people can “live on after death”

Death isn’t forever, companies build digital avatars so people can “live on after death”

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Digital Avatars will mean that physical human death is simply a doorway into a new digital reality where our descendants interact with our Avatars instead of the real, physical us.   Over the past couple of years, asides from the giant strides we’ve seen in...

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World’s first digital teacher starts work teaching kids about energy

World’s first digital teacher starts work teaching kids about energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI, avatars and bots will play an increasingly central role in the future of education, and Will is the first teacher of his kind.   It’s back to school time for millions of children around the world and you know what that means – it’s...

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Soul Machines reveal the secrets behind BabyX, their life like artificial baby

Soul Machines reveal the secrets behind BabyX, their life like artificial baby

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over time we will all be interacting more and more with AI, as a result companies are trying to “humanise” it.   BabyX, the virtual, artificially intelligent creation of Mark Sagar and his company, Soul Machines, who also bought us Ava, a life-like digital avatar that’s...

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CGI “Virtual influencers” on Instagram battle it out in public, snag real ad cash

CGI “Virtual influencers” on Instagram battle it out in public, snag real ad cash

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we are used to the majority of our influencers, and contacts, being human, but as we progress into the future more of the encounters we have will be with virtual entities, in the form of avatars, bots and virtual vloggers like these.   It...

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AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem

AI is helping create realistic “Fake news!” videos and it’s going to be a problem

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability of “unethical actors” to create realistic looking video and audio of famous people to generate “Fake news!” is accelerating exponentially and politicians are already way behind the curve.   Over the past couple of years, even before “Fake news!” became the monster topic...

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This CGI school girl has you fooled

This CGI school girl has you fooled

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As CGI, and the tools used to create it, get better it will be harder to distinguish what is real, and what is not. Slowly these “digital humans” will be able to replace real humans anywhere there is a screen involved, such as acting, avatars...

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Nvidia’s new VR HQ is a peak into the workplace of 2025

Nvidia’s new VR HQ is a peak into the workplace of 2025

The future of mobile working has arrived. Step into my virtual office. In the heart of Silicon Valley, you can slip on a virtual reality headset and fly through a photo realistic 3D representation of what will soon become chip maker Nvidia’s new headquarters. The $380 million building will eventually...

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The future of Media and Entertainment

The future of Media and Entertainment

Entertainment has been evolving ever since the first multi cellular creature crawled out of the primordial soup and arguably its roots can be traced back to the very first hectic sibling tom foolery that gave our most ancient ancestors a safe arena to practice their survival skills. Since then however...

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