A good read on this broad topic is the excellent book from Donald D. Hoffmann: Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See
The good thing about fiction is that it reminds us that we still create the now and the future. Scott’s (and hey, I’m a big fan) melodramatic and not-very-well-visionized setting (all you see is here today) makes me look forward to a movie that I will enjoy, but that most likely won’t ask new questions and may provide no answers at all. This is still up to us…
UPDATE: well, maybe I’ll REALLY will enjoy this movie… (http://io9.com/5906286/shot+for+shot-break-down-of-all-the-new-alien-monsters…)
via TC – read about it here: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/artificial-leaf-0930.html
Remember BigDog (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZPRsrwumQ&feature=relmfu)? Here’s the update…
“Observers viewed the movie at top left while fixating on a central dot. The averaged high posterior (AHP) reconstructions are shown at left (see main text and Figure S2) for all three subjects S1, S2, and S3. The movies at right are the seven clips with the highest posterior probability, shown in order from most (left) to least (right) probable. The leftmost clip in this group is the MAP reconstruction, the single clip from the sampled prior that had the highest posterior probability. Note that all clips in the reconstructions are updated at 1 Hz, the BOLD signal sampling rate. The AHP reconstructions recover both the structure of the scenes and smooth changes over time (for example, see the spreading of the inkblot and the elephants moving across the scene).”
the freaking future is now – again…
I’ve watched the videos of SmartBird some time ago and simply loved it – but seeing it flying over my head yesterday in Edinburgh at TEDGlobal is something different. I admire the team and Festo for making this happen.
found by Scott Paterson
Great find by @mimiochun
found by @Dothegreenthing and @workforcetrends
“…several thousand layers of many Cassini photographs were animated to make the fly-through work without any 3D CGI. …”
Watch HD and fullscreen.
Thanks Scott Underwood for sharing.
“… Unlike most models, which are compressed for viewing convenience, the planets here are also shown at their true-to-scale average distances from the Sun. That makes this page rather large – on an ordinary 72 dpi monitor it’s just over half a mile wide, making it possibly one of the largest pages on the web. …”
And don’t miss this collection: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2010/10/11/the-scale-of-the-universe/
Done by researchers at the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology.