In the age of deepfakes, could virtual actors put humans out of business?

In film and video games, weve already seen whats possible with digital humans. Are we on the brink of the worlds first totally virtual acting star? When youre watching a modern blockbuster such as The Avengers, its hard to escape the feeling that what youre seeing is almost entirely computer-generated imagery, from the effects to the sets to fantastical creatures. But if theres one thing you can rely on to be 100% real, its the actors. We might have virtual pop stars like Tupac Shakur performing from beyond the grave at Coachella in 2012. Weve seen the fake Obama video is a key example. Could technology soon make professional actors redundant? Like most of the examples above, the virtual Tupac …

Disney’s New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema

For the 26 million people who watched Friends in the mid-’90s, Jon Favreau was Pete Becker. Not the star filmmaker who would make Elf a holiday classic; or who’d launch the Marvel juggernaut by directing Iron Man; or who’d update The Jungle Book for the CGI generation. Just Becker, a tech whiz who—before wooing Monica in a six-episode arc—had become a gazillionaire by creating a piece of business software called Moss 865. It was so named for a reason. Moss 1 exploded. Moss 2 would only schedule appointments for January. Becker, convinced his idea would change the world, pressed on. Today, it’s hard to describe Favreau’s latest project, the much-anticipated Lion King remake, without thinking of Pete Becker. In fact, …