Links for 18th January 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. James Cameron on how ‘Avatar’ technology could keep Clint Eastwood young forever

    "… Cameron’s facial scanning process is so precise—zeroing in to the very pores of an actor’s skin—that virtually any manipulation is possible. You may not be able to totally replace an actor—“There’s no way to scan what’s underneath the surface to what the actor is feeling,” the director notes—but it is now theoretically possible to extend careers by digitally keeping stars young pretty much forever. “If Tom Cruise left instructions for his estate that it was okay to use his likeness in Mission Impossible movies for the next 500 years, I would say that would be fine,” says Cameron. Less fine, at least to Cameron, is bringing long dead stars back to life. “You could put Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart in a movie together, but it wouldn’t be them. You’d have to have somebody play them. And that’s where I think you cross an ethical boundary…”" What, and giving Tom Cruise more film roles (and money) *isn't* crossing an ethical boundary? C'mon, Cameron, think it through…

    Tagged with: James-CameronAvatarCGImoviescanningtechniquesactorvirtualageing

  2. Diamond Oceans Possible on Uranus, Neptune

    "Oceans of liquid diamond, filled with solid diamond icebergs, could be floating on Neptune and Uranus… " Sensawunda kick, right there.

    Tagged with: sciencespaceastronomydiamondUranusNeptuneliquidplanetology

  3. On gospel, Abba and the death of the record: an audience with Brian Eno

    "Instruments sound interesting not because of their sound but because of the relationship a player has with them. Instrumentalists build a rapport with their instruments which is what you like and respond to. If you were sitting down now to design an instrument you would not dream of coming up with something as ridiculous as an acoustic guitar. It's a strange instrument, it's very limited and it doesn't sound good. You would come up with something much better. But what we like about acoustic guitars is players who have had long relationships with them and know how to do something beautiful with them. You don't have that with synthesisers yet. They are a very new instrument. They are constantly renewing so people do not have time to build long relationships with them. So you tend to hear more of the technology and less of the rapport. It can sound less human. However ! That is changing."

    Tagged with: Brian-Enomusictechnologyartinstrumentssoundphilosophyinterview

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