Computer generated characters almost indistinguishable from real people are currently in development.
Game publisher Activision has shown off some tech demos of real-time character animation that is so convincing that you would be forgiven for thinking that you were looking at video footage of an actual person. The creation of realism in computer-generated people has always been difficult because the closer to realistic the image becomes, the more it tends to suffer from 'uncanny valley', a phenomenon in which the character seems "not quite right".
With Activision's latest tech demo, the Call of Duty publisher has managed to get around this by generating facial animations that are on the other side of "uncanny valley" in that they are realistic enough to appear human to anyone watching them.
"A presentation at GDC has given the first glimpse at Activision’s next generation graphics technology, and potentially the next Call Of Duty."
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