Digital Character Actor Technology

Actor MachineTM is pioneering the field of ADA (Autonomous Digital Actors) by developing technologies that allow the creation and directing of emotive digital actors that can be used in linear animation (film/pre-visualization), games, virtual worlds, simulations or live (real time) performances.

Using Actor MachineTM Technology, animators takes on the role of an acting coach. In fact, Actor CoachTM is the name of the Actor MachineTM software product used to train digital actors.

Once properly trained, an ADA will be able to take direction interactively from a non-animator, to play many different scenes while effectively conveying changing nuances of mood, personality and intention. This separates the highly specialized skills of an animator from the higher level planning of how an actor performs a scene (by a human director or game AI)

The future of computer games and animated films is not in spaceships or dragons or laser death rays, but rather in the mysteries of the human heart. (Read More...)

Our technology products are completely modular, starting with our procedural path planer, Blocking MachineTM, which is of immediate use to animators creating linear assets through our Actor Machine Core EngineTM which can be integrated into your game. (Read More...)

 

You sign on with a host company to nest your Web site. You hire a Web-site developer to tie it all together so you can sell your small line of products. All along the way you're assured that security is no problem.
Your developer posts a privacy notice on your home page to comfort your customers. Everyone keeps telling you that credit-card theft on the Internet is a myth. They all say it's easier to lose control of a credit card through phone orders or by handing a card to a waiter.
Don't be so quick to embrace security complacency. As viruses slowly fade as the Internet vandalism of choice, hackers have figured out some very easy ways to crack your site and grab your customers' card numbers. And guess what? The host and developer who gave you all those security assurances are off the hook on liability. You're the one who is legally responsible, and you're not even sure what the words encryption and fire wall mean.
Meanwhile, some very bad news just came down the e-highway.
Evidence of weak security at e-commerce sites emerged in mid-January when personnel at a Russian Internet company inadvertently found security holes at numerous U.S. Web sites. Using a few simple database commands, programmers at Strategy LLC found customer credit-card numbers, passwords, even employee records and Social Security numbers.
"Our developers have detailed knowledge on how easy it is to get information out of e-commerce databases," said Anatoliy Prokhorov, chief executive of Strategy LLC, a Web programming company. "In my business, building e-commerce solutions for U.S. companies, we see security holes all the time.
"It is obvious that in the U.S., companies of all types and sizes are not taking even simple precautions to keep hackers out of their systems."
An MSNBC reporter contacted Prokhorov and used his simple instructions to view the databases of 20 Web sites that had no password protection. The reporter was able to view customer credit-card numbers, billing addresses and phone numbers. In some cases, the reporter also found employee records, including Social Security numbers.
In each case, the Web sites were running Microsoft's SQL Server software. As the reporter entered a Web host, he was able to access the databases of all the host's sites. The reporter used a commercially available database tool rather than a Web browser to find the security holes.
Although Prokhorov only discovered a couple of dozen sites with loose security, he found those by accident and assumes the problem is widespread. "It's obvious that in the U.S., companies of all types and sizes are not taking even simple precautions to keep hackers out of their systems," Prokhorov said.
When site owners were contacted about their security breaches, they were unaware of lax security, each believing their host had security under control.
"When you look at the number of small and medium-size companies that rely on third parties to host, manage or even design their e-commerce solutions, and those small companies do not even know that they are wide open and legally responsible for their customer data, it's disturbing," Prokhorov said.
Part of the problem stems from Web developers who have no liability for the flaws they leave behind in the e-commerce sites they create. Merchants are left with the responsibility for the cost of stolen merchandise. Yet the merchants whose sites were easily entered by Prokhorov and the MSNBC reporter were surprised to find out their sites had wide-open holes.
"One of the things that the e-commerce industry needs is a stamp of certification similar to UL testing," Prokhorov said. "E-tailers and customers need some assurance that they are dealing with big software that has been tested and is safe."
That's easy enough to say now that the security great news is burning through the media. Amazon.com and its mega-buddies can step out with assurances of million-dollar security systems, while reminding the online shopper that the problems are isolated to small sites. Guess who is going to take the hit on the resulting wave of understandable consumer paranoia? The small-fry sites.

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