Newswire: Mad scientists create digital celebrity faces that will probably replace real humans

In Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm goes on a bit of a rant to John Hammond about the dangerous leaps in technology that made his park possible, highlighting his point by saying, “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” He was talking about cloning dinosaurs, but his argument can still apply to scientific developments that aren’t quite as dramatic. The problem is that it’s tough to know which things you can do but shouldn’t until the metaphorical tyrannosaurus starts chomping on tourists.

Still, it seems important to keep Dr. Malcolm’s words in mind when discussing this Atlantic article about a group of software developers at The University Of Washington who developed a system that can create digital masks of a person’s face and then manipulate that mask into matching the expressions …

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