What happens when technology has a human face? | Mike Seymour

Mike Seymour

TEDxSydneySalon September 2016 · 22 September 2016

What happens when we put a face on our devices, faces that can talk, interact and see us in real time? In this revealing talk, researcher Mike Seymour explores the impact that interactive photoreal digital faces will play in our lives.

He argues that we need to find new ways to provide interaction for people, beyond typing or simply talking to our devices and that face to face communication is central to human experience. At the same time, he examines just some of the many ethical implications these new forms of human computer interfaces present to us.

Mike Seymour is a researcher in the Motus Lab at The University of Sydney. His research is exploring using interactive photoreal faces in new forms of Human Computer Interfaces (HCI ). In other words, he is looking at deploying realistic digital companions and embodied conversational agents. Mike aims to help take technology from the cutting edge film industry and apply it in these new exciting areas.

Mike has previously worked in film and TV R&D and in production, winning an AFI and being nominated for an Emmy Award. He has worked as a compositor, vfx supervisor and second unit director on various TV shows. He is perhaps best known for his work as a writer, consultant and educator with the websites fxguide and fxphd which explore technology in the film industry. These web site now have huge followings, as they provide an important link between the film and vfx community and the researchers and innovators who constantly push the limits of technology.

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