Kara by Quantic Dream

Quantic Dream, the developer behind Heavy Rain (and Indigo Prophecy), showed off a spectacular demonstration of graphics and motion capture running on Sony's PlayStation 3 console.

The prototype was running in real-time on the PS3.

This is not part of a game... sadly.

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+51 1. Acquiesce commented 12 years ago

Scary future :O
But amazingly done! :o)
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+6 2. FishPowa commented 12 years ago

I've read that the "Heavy Rain"-makers are going to use this engine for their new games. I haven't played "Heavy Rain", but i've read that the emotions aren't realistic. I hope it is fixed with the Quantic engine.
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+23 3. LaoMa commented 12 years ago

Wow! Just... wow! :O
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+6 4. sux2bu commented 12 years ago

I wonder if I will be able to buy a Kara in the near future.
My wife has been missing for over a week ,and the police said to
prepare for the worst. So,just in case I went down to Goodwill to get all of her
clothes back. >:)
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-13 5. Ikke commented 12 years ago

Short hair, small boobs and not a cutiest face... I would fire the designer from my Sony-android factory. I bet Honda will manufacture "better" model :).
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+46 6. kekke2000 commented 12 years ago

I got stuck at "entirely at your disposal as a sexual partner" :x
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+8 7. wigglle commented 12 years ago

Nicely done ! Big up!
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+10 8. Break-a-leg commented 12 years ago

Besides the amazing graphics, it makes me ponder about what the future of AI will be. If a computer would indeed be able to feel, to think, in other words, to be. What does that imply?

Can we just disassemble such a computer, thereby killing the "soul" inside? Would that be murder? I can hardly call it an innocent deed, comparable to breaking apart your home computer because it doesn't work the way you want it to.
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+3 9. Teqskater commented 12 years ago

#8 I think that's ok to think about but to far away to judge about. I think no one can answer that question. But i think everyone can try. In the end it just doesn't matter. We can't predict the future accurately.
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+8 10. dukasu commented 12 years ago

Actually this scenario is very frightening. If we have enough empathy to do what this guy just did, then we can end up in apocalyptic future of Terminator (movie) scenario. Just think. But development of AI, of this magnitude is inevitable.
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+9 11. nokster commented 12 years ago

Hope they make a movie about this!!!
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+5 12. cyberdevil commented 12 years ago

Like Ghost in the Shell and I, Robot combined. Really cool graphics too.
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+6 13. WildMonkey commented 12 years ago

Our behavior, our concept of self, our drivers and motivators are all based on our biology our physiognomy, *when* AIs reach the level of human intelligence (and beyond) their innate behavior will be radically different and totally inconceivable to us because they won't be living purely in a tangible reality. So my point is I doubt they will be emotional like this sobbing demonstration.
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+3 14. Saxxoo commented 12 years ago

nicely done.

next step Terminator... >:)
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+3 15. cranky commented 12 years ago

Reminds me a little of the music video for Björk – All is full of love
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+7 16. etplayer commented 12 years ago

If they *don't* make a game out of this, they are fools.
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+3 17. SupremeNomNom commented 12 years ago

wow that was outstanding Oo
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+2 18. orion commented 12 years ago


Similar setting than Bicentennial Man and AI.
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+1 19. moskwiz commented 12 years ago

Still it's outdated.. how long will the consoles limit the software for, it should be the other way around!
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+3 20. loadrunner commented 12 years ago

They should make it a movie.
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+5 21. Heun commented 12 years ago

#12 I thought about Ghost in the Shell as well. Thought provoking movie... same with the video, nicely done :)
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-2 22. 9grovere commented 12 years ago

pretty much i robot. yawn... bring on the thumbs down
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+2 23. prekazi commented 12 years ago

I like it.
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+1 24. cranky commented 12 years ago

Maybe it's going to be a relevant movie by James Cameron http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437086/
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+1 25. rufinus commented 12 years ago

where do i need to sign to get one ?
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+2 26. Sizzlik (admin) commented 12 years ago

Here is a comparision of Heavy Rains Tech demo and Kara (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW92ilU_CWc)..of course those are not high end quality graphics..but thats not what its about..its about posibilitys of facial expression and emotions..generated on-the-fly with easy mo-cap using image metrics (http://www.snotr.com/video/2939/Image_Metrics) ..and most important..those images arent pre-rendered like a video..its real-time processing on the console.

(here is also a nice example of Image Metrics http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOTtJ0LV-N8 )
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-3 27. Mr8uck37 commented 12 years ago

The thing to remember with all these "tech demos" is that they are all prerendered cutscenes. Show an actual realtime, GAMEPLAY demo, not just a clip thats been super-polished on computers that Warren Buffet couldn't afford. :P
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+1 28. Sizzlik (admin) commented 12 years ago

#27 That is the point of quantics tech demos..those arent pre-rendered cutscenes...those are processed in realtime..just like a gameplay video
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+1 29. valerion commented 12 years ago

It would be wonderful if i got to see AI similar to this before i die. No one could imagine a world with machines, spacestations or the WWW 30yrs ago, but here we are. With the evolution of technology going this fast, who knows what will be in 20yrs.
I guess that's what they said 20yrs ago as well. Amasing!
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+2 30. ynzevanaken commented 12 years ago

I am silent. :-)
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+1 31. Unknown commented 12 years ago

Ihe guy who buys that "pleasure droid" will be in for a big surprise.
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+3 32. ynzevanaken commented 12 years ago


Tears from Kara,
fears from her mind.
Feelings from Kara,
peelings from her kind

Ripped into parts,
stripped and returned.
Put again together,
would they be earned?

Just Ynze
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+1 33. RandurSource commented 12 years ago

This was very real and emotional.

There is also this old movie (1999), talking about the same issue: Bicentennial Man
"One robot's 200 year journey to become an ordinary man"