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Chris Bregler
Chris Bregler
Professor of Computer Science, NYU
The Uncanny Valley: Adventures in Motion Capture
The Uncanny Valley: Adventures in Motion Capture
What’s that unsettled feeling you have when an artificial interface is not convincingly human? It’s the "uncanny valley." In this talk, Chris Bregler will discuss one of the central challenges in technology today—the race to simulate humanity—through his own work in computing, entertainment, sports, and surveillance. While the effort to replace the human has changed our relationship to technology and entire industries, it also raises important issues of privacy and authenticity and, most importantly, goes deep to our sense of what it is to be human.
Experimental Cocktail Club (Age 21+)
191 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002, USA
Bio
Chris Bregler’s projects have included creating the visual effects in movies such as Avatar, Iron Man, Star Trek, Avengers, and The Lone Ranger; helping doctors analyze movement disorders; detecting terrorists in surveillance videos; and producing the world's largest real-time motion capture game, Squidball.net. He is the director of the NYU Movement Lab, and C.E.O. of Manhattan Mocap, LLC. As one of the leading researchers in human motion analysis, he worked for Disney Feature Animation, Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, Interval, and Hewlett Packard. His work has been featured in mainstream media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, WIRED, Business Week, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Discovery/Science Channel, and many other outlets.