Within the realm of virtual acting we encounter many interesting questions, for example: does media have to be made by a human in order to move us? But also: how do we actually define a human? And how can humans and technology optimally work together when it comes to creating and creativity? From my point of view, there is no better way to explore these questions than through film and acting’.

Film is the place where there is sufficient room for the visualisation and realisation of innovative concepts related to our collective future. Additionally, movies have become an integral part of us: they mirror what we believe and how we coexist as people. This will continue to develop, even as the human and technology become increasingly integrated and we begin to see a transition from the physical human to the virtual one (in media).

Taking the vision described above as a starting point, that AI means: ‘acting like a human’, (Brooklyn.sci: Foundations of AI acting humanly), we need to consider what a ‘human’ is from a psychological standpoint. One group of professionals who are continuously delving into the depths of the human psyche and the properties of being human are actors. You can only play another person if you have a good understanding of what makes a person human and how you can re-enact or manipulate that.

It takes a lot to perform a believable person (character), including a well-developed imagination, emotional facility, physical expressivity, vocal projection, clarity of speech, and the ability to interpret drama. Acting also demands an ability to employ dialects, accents, improvisation, observation and emulation. Convincingly acting like a person, (without even being a human), will continue this  challenge into the future. Technological developments have come so far as to challenge us to evaluate our very being, and how interesting is that?


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