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Will Digital Actors Replace Human Ones?
Alvy Ray Smith, Digital Photography Artist

"Colleagues have for years claimed that they will. I analyze the problem with everything I know and come to perhaps surprising conclusions. The key conclusion is that the appearance of actors is under (circumscribed) threat, but the acting of actors is secure, I believe, for now. That being said, I present an analysis of just how hard it is to replace even the appearance of actors. I strive mightily to separate religion from science in this presentation. The computation for all predictions is estimated and it is large."

Dr. Alvy Ray Smith co-founded four centers of computer graphics excellence before joining Microsoft as its first Graphics Fellow: Altamira, Pixar, Lucasfilm, New York Tech. Received two technical Academy Awards for alpha channel concept and for digital paint systems. Invented, directed, originated, or otherwise instrumental in the following developments: first full-color paint program, HSV color model, alpha channel and image sprites, Genesis Demo in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, first Academy-Award winning computer-generated short Tin Toy, first computer-generated film Toy Story, Academy-Award winning Disney animation production system CAPS, and the Visible Human Project. Was a star witness in a trial that successfully invalidated five patents that had been plaguing the digital imaging business; writes and speaks extensively; served on the Microsoft Art Committee; holds a PhD from Stanford University and an honorary doctorate from New Mexico State University, and has recently retired to devote time to the emerging artform of digital photography. See for more information.