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The Augmented City explores collisions in Culture and Code that are happening as AI evolves from being a tool we use, into an immersive environment we live in. This podcast is about city life in the age of AI.

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The Augmented City explores collisions in Culture and Code that are happening as AI evolves from being a tool we use, into an immersive environment we live in. This podcast is about city life in the age of AI.

    AC Interview - Metastage's Christina Heller talks about Volumetric Capture

    AC Interview - Metastage's Christina Heller talks about Volumetric Capture

    AC speaks with Christina Heller, CEO of Metastage, one of LA's premier creative technology service providers. Christina is an expert on volumetric capture, the ability to capture a 3D media asset from a human performance. We go over the fundamentals of volumetric as well as how it's being applied in Hollywood for movies and for music.

    • 29 min
    AC Interview - Laura Rizzotto on Creating Holographic Performance

    AC Interview - Laura Rizzotto on Creating Holographic Performance

    As an award winner singer and musician, Laura Rizzotto has performed on numerous stages --- including the inside of a 16oz glass of beer. A beer glass is a tight squeeze for a flesh and blood human but a cinch for a 3D hologram. 3D human performance capture has become common practice for producing high-end digital media. Scores of articles and interviews cover the technical and business side of this mash-up of film making and computer science. But what does this rapidly maturing platform mean for performers? What is unique and what stays the same? We sit down with professional musician and Eurovision winner Laura Rizzotto to explore the artist's perspective of 3D performance capture.

    • 29 min
    AC Interview - Digital Humans with Darren Hendler of Digital Domain

    AC Interview - Digital Humans with Darren Hendler of Digital Domain

    A conversation with Darren Hendler of Digital Domain about lifelike 3D avatars with an AI back-end ("Digital Humans"). If you've seen movies like Marvels Avengers: Infinity War, Spiderman, Beauty and the Beast, Deadpool, Titanic and many others, you've experienced some of Digital Domain and Darren's visual effects work. Now, many of the technologies and techniques honed for bringing digital characters to the big screen are emerging in other sectors like healthcare and education as the next generation of virtual assistants. What happens when you merge Hollywood-level special effects with conversational AI? This interview is one of several we're producing around this topic.

    • 44 min
    AC Interview- Jonathan Blanco, CEO of TF Blockchain & TF Labs

    AC Interview- Jonathan Blanco, CEO of TF Blockchain & TF Labs

    Jonathan Blanco started TF Blockchain to provide a networking and education platform for the blockchain community of practice in Seattle and six other cities. We spoke with Jonathan about TF's origin story plus how blockchain principles and technology are changing industries and services well beyond the financial sector. If you're looking for a map of the blockchain ecosystem and where to plug into it, this is your episode.

    • 48 min
    AC @ CES - John Canning, Exec. Producer of New Media & Experential at Digital Domain

    AC @ CES - John Canning, Exec. Producer of New Media & Experential at Digital Domain

    During CES, we spoke with John Canning, a senior executive at Digital Domain, one of Hollywood's top-tier visual effects (VFX) creative development studios. Examples of DD's work include the villainous Titan Thanos from Marvel's Avenger film series. Brought alive on the screen by actor Josh Brolin and the Digital Domain VFX team, Thanos is a fusion of human performance & creativity, AI smarts, and cloud computing scale. Now, many of the technologies and techniques used to develop a character like Thanos are being re-imagined for platforms beyond film and television --- holograms, AR/VR, immersive media for indoor and outdoor locations. John's job is to figure out how to make that jump from a few screens to ubiquitous screens, or no screens at all.

    • 21 min
    AC @ CES - New Urban Air Mobility w. Matt Holvey from Bell

    AC @ CES - New Urban Air Mobility w. Matt Holvey from Bell

    On the floor at CES 2020, John spoke with Matt Holvey from Bell about Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and new directions for an 80 year old aviation company. The conversation touched on mass-market, electric powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, regulatory issues, the path to autonomous flight operations, and what is required to build an ecosystem around urban air travel.

    • 20 min

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