Meet Ed, a stunningly convincing computer animation

Watch out for that screen when you try to reach out and touch him. 


Mike Fenn


Published Oct 3, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 11:45 am CDT

Ed can blink, smile, look around, and is a bit unshaven. “That’s nothing,” you might say. “Any person can do those things!” And you’re right: any person can do those things.

But Ed isn’t a person.

Rather, “Ed” is little more than a computer graphic, created with programs Lightwave, Sculptris, and Krita. In a YouTube video by Chris Jones, the frighteningly realistic Ed comes to life before our very eyes, appearing surprised once it is revealed that he isn’t a real human being.

Technology has come very, very far when it comes to the recreation of humanistic features.

Compare Ed to Max Headroom, the semi-computer-generated character from the 1980s TV program of the same name.

H/T Digg | Screengrab via Chris Jones/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 3, 2014, 9:15 am CDT