Nvidia has released its most disturbing AI-powered software yet. The latest update to the Nvidia Broadcast app added a new camera feature to set up live broadcasts to make it look like someone is always looking at the camera, even when they aren’t. It’s an annoying feature that had me screaming and screaming when I first saw it live.
The feature, known as Eye Contact, debuted earlier this month as part of patch 1.4 for Nvidia Broadcast’s video optimization software for live streaming and videoconferencing. Nvidia said in a blog post that Eye Contact is for content creators who want to maintain eye contact with the camera at all times, even if they’re viewing notes or off-screen text, for example. Now that he has been away for several weeks, we have a better idea of what he can do.
It’s an interesting display of the “Post to Twitter” feature: you can watch scenes from Jurassic Park edited with eye contact so that the actors are still (mostly) looking at the camera. It’s strange and separate! Maybe even if you’ve never seen this movie before! It’s like the person is too concerned about whether they can or not. They do it so they don’t have to wonder if they should…
I went on a video call with a colleague at Polygon to see eye contact in action in person. It looked strange, although I kept looking at my colleague. I think it’s partly because continuous eye contact doesn’t feel natural or natural if you’re having a casual conversation. Also, the software isn’t perfect – Nvidia says it’s in beta – so from time to time he would turn his head and look away, returning to looking directly at the camera; He looked like a possessed character from a horror movie.
Eye contact is another example of how AI is becoming accessible to mainstream consumers. ChatGPT, which can be used for a variety of applications such as writing articles, gives a feeling of instant action due to the fact that it is rendered in natural language. Other software such as DALL-E, Midjourney, and Free AI Art Generator are used to create memes and recreate the look of some of the director’s films.
If you also want to use the dark AI magic, all you have to do is download Nvidia Broadcast – although this will require your computer to have some hardware, including an Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card; You can view the complete system configuration file here.
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