Merging the real and the virtual

Real or virtual: Dartmouth scientists ask — can we tell the difference?

A Dartmouth College-led study shows that people find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between computer-generated images and real photos, but that a small amount of training greatly improves their accuracy. The findings, which have implications for the legality and prosecution of child pornography, appear in the journal ACM Transactions on Applied Perception. A PDF is available on request. As 3-D rendering software and hardware become more powerful, the computer-generated characters they create for film making, video games, advertising and other venues have become more photo-realistic. ….[READ]

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