Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reality, Now With Much Less Reality

We've been watching quite a bit of the Olympics this week, and I keep seeing stadiums that are half-empty or even worse.

Some venues look like they're barely a quarter full.

More and more sports seem to be headed in this direction, becoming largely made for television events.

So here's a question: how long will it take before technology fills the empty seats?

What am I talking about? Some kind of real-time algorithm that could take a live broadcast and insert digital fans, along with increasing the crowd noise proportionately.

CBS has been caught doing shenanigans with bird calls during golf tournaments, believe it or not, so "environmental enhancement" has already been tried. It's just a question of how many years before empty stadiums appear real.

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