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Meet Ed, a stunningly convincing computer animation
Watch out for that screen when you try to reach out and touch him.
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.
Mike Fenn is a former contributor to the Daily Dot whose beats included Reddit, YouTube, and all things WTF. His work has also appeared in Forbes and News.com.au.