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Video: When You See This, Think “Blackmail.”

Written by Gary North on April 1, 2013

Watch this short video. Be patient. At the end, you will find out why you needed to watch it. Then think about some of its implications.

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22 thoughts on “Video: When You See This, Think “Blackmail.”

  1. RivahMitch says:

    Frightening…..

  2. lilbear68 says:

    drawing a blank here, what did i watch? and why?
    i guess the message is too subtle for me

  3. jheasler12175 says:

    There was no end message. The post is defective.

  4. Stephen Clay McGehee says:

    I thought the same thing – "What's the point?" Then I clicked the "Watch on YouTube" and read the description. This entire video clip is a computer animation. Here's the description from YouTube:

    Published on Mar 27, 2013

    This animated character is being rendered in real-time on current video card hardware, using standard bone animation. The rendering techniques, as well as the animation pipeline are being presented at GDC 2013, "Next Generation Character Rendering" on March 27. The original high resolution data was acquired from Light Stage Facial Scanning and Performance Capture by USC Institute for Creative Technologies, then converted to a 70 bones rig, while preserving the high frequency detail in diffuse, normal and displacement composite maps. It is being rendered in a DirectX11 environment, using advanced techniques to faithfully represent the character's skin and eyes.

    You can find more detail on the rendering aspect here : http://www.iryoku.com/blog

    This demo is running at 180 fps on current gtx 680 cards. Note: Yes, this is the same source data from ICT used by Nvidia at GTC, but rendered using a completely different tech.

  5. Think people says:

    A person's face could be rendered, then made to say anything and recorded. You would not know the recording was false.

  6. Impressive animation, and more realistic than before, but I can still tell it is false. I have training in computer graphics.

    The human face has hundreds of muscles and micro movements that are near impossible to duplicate exactly. We are getting closer, but this is no cigar. This is old technology and very expensive to make look like this. Governments can not just hit a button for this, it took hundreds of hours of manpower just to create this talking head.

  7. Computer generated facial expressions have come a long way, with this new generation of humanoid looking CG person the government control over media can be complete because, no human will have to lie, to tell the lies of government over the television.

  8. John Keller says:

    The inevitable march of technology puts what used to be high end FX capabilities in the hands of anyone with a personal computer. It can pass a visual Turing test – as in, indistinguishable from actual camera footage.

  9. krell1951 says:

    A new propaganda tool for Obama's media, we're all terrorist and here is the video proof, see what this person said, see what this person did, we have it on video, and you can believe you own eyes, right. The news media already edit out anything that is contrary to the party line now they can create the news out of a few pixels and the dumb masses will never be the wiser, this is "wag the dog" on steroids.
    September 1 1939 Germany invaded Poland because Polish troops supposedly attacked a German border town, but in reality Hitler had Jewish prisoners dressed up in Polish army uniforms and shot as proof that Poland had attacked as an excuse to invade Poland.
    There is already rumors that Obama is planing a false flag attack on Washington by "right wing terrorist" as an excuse for Martial Law, now his media propagandist will have convincing video to go along with the attack. " It ain't real if it didn't happen on TV"

  10. krell1951 says:

    From Wikipedia.

    On the day following the Gleiwitz attack, 1 September 1939, Germany launched the Fall Weiss operation — the invasion of Poland — initiating World War II in Europe. On the same day, in a speech in the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler cited the border incidents, with three of them called very serious, as justification for Germany's invasion of Poland.[7] Just a few days earlier, on 22 August, he had told his generals, "I will provide a propagandistic casus belli. Its credibility doesn't matter. The victor will not be asked whether he told the truth."[3][5]

  11. krell1951 says:

    The problem is, and what a great many people in this country don't understand, we are dealing with the same kind of people that brought us World War 2, Their names are different and they don't look the same ( except for Henery Waxman and Himmler) but they have the same goals and the same attitude, Power and Superiority, and the end justifies the means. We have seen this play before, the Stalins, Maos, Hitlers, Pol Potts, Gestapo, Red Guard, KGB, GRU and now DHS, The names and faces change but the villains are the same. They say those that do not know their history are doomed to repeat it, how many millions will die this time to put evil back in the box?

  12. Paula Strahm says:

    Thank you, krell 1951'. Very well worded.

  13. In the future computer graphics experts may need to be called in to testify on whether a video is authentic or computer generated.

  14. Bill Scantlen says:

    At the age of 78, do I still have a chance of being appointed Commissar?

    Buy all the ammo you can afford.

  15. Blair Franconia, NH says:

    Creepy, Dude!

  16. Yes John, it may have taken hundreds of hours of manpower to create this talking head. But it has now been created. It has a rather extensive set of facial expressions. It can now be used to say anything desired, with any desirable facial expression, on demand, without repeating the hundreds of hours of manpower.

    And even it it required this level of effort each time (which it simply does not), then it could be made to say whatever desired for well under $100K, based on your estimation. Chicken feed.

  17. This is also an end to Hollywood. Pretty soon anyone will be able to make a full length feature movie from their computer a small fraction of the cost of multimillion dollar Hollywood projects. Instead of large corporations churning out the same tired themes or regurgitated scripts, people all over the world will be able to tell a story in their own way, using their own ideas, from their own perspective. Hollywood is currently fighting a losing battle with movie sharing. This is only the beginning of the end of big media.

  18. You are exactly correct.
    And note that stills are EXTREMELY easy to fake now.
    A few good images from a digital camera of you and someone can stick your head one another body with another person.
    If the 2nd person testifies they were there with you, you'd best have DEEP pockets to buy an expert to prove the image is fake.
    And if the image only exists on a print and the original digital copy is "lost" then you are in really bad trouble.

  19. Iamacitizen2 says:

    It was gov at its best: FACE SCANNING for got data bases

  20. HUH??? What is the purpose? Looks like maybe a robot?

  21. Christopher says:

    The depiction is not a real person or individual. It is taken from a real person hence the overlay of the dots. The dots are then transported onto a simulation and any facial structure can be used. The dots are to give the expressions and facial/eye movements to create a lifelike representation of the new facial configuration.

  22. vocalvarieties says:

    Anyone remember The Running Man? They couldn't get the end result they wanted with the heroes so they had two people killed and facemapping to show the audience what they wanted? Same thing. "We have you on tape confessing/making those inflammatory statements/whatever we want…" Yes it takes a frackload of computing power now..but soon.