Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Real vs "Real"

From the SIGGRAPH blog:
An undercurrent that occasionally bubbles up in talks/comments is the feeling that graphics is "not real", that it is only "smoke and mirrors". Bruce Sterling (when he wasn't busy being pleased with himself) hammered this point home as well during the beginning of his keynote address. Given that from where I stand in theory-land, graphics is about as "real" as it gets, this was interesting and not a little surprising.


  1. Of course graphics is smoke (or more accurately, plasma) and mirrors! It's almost all about approximating (ie, faking) reality so closely that observers don't notice or care about the differences, without going over your budget of time/disk space/CPU cycles/programmer suicides. It's the word "only" that I have a problem with!

  2. true enough. what surprises me is to hear this self-deprecation from graphics folks.


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