No NVIDIA did not fake its CEO for the full GTC 2021 Keynote

Posted on Monday, Aug 16 2021 @ 14:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Over the past couple of days, several reports hit the web about how NVIDIA managed to fool everyone by using a CGI version of CEO Jen-Hsun Huang in the GTC 2021 Keynote. However, these stories are based on a wrong interpretation of a recent story that appeared on the NVIDIA blog.

It's just 14 seconds

In the past, NVIDIA talks about how its hardware and software tools can be used to create a realistic narrative in Omniverse. NVIDIA did use a computer-generated version of its CEO in the GTC 2021 keynote, but an important caveat is that virtual Huang spoke for just 14 seconds. You can check it out in the clip below, the virtual Huang presents from 1:02:41 to 1:02:55. Everything else is the real Jensen.

There's also a new half-an-hour behind-the-scenes documentary from NVIDIA
With this short documentary, “Connecting in the Metaverse: The Making of the GTC Keynote,” viewers get the story behind the story. It’s a tale of how NVIDIA Omniverse, a tool for connecting to and describing the metaverse, brought it all together this year.

NVIDIA Omniverse is an open platform built for virtual collaboration and real-time photorealistic simulation. Complex creator, designer, and engineering visual workflows are transformed as users and teams connect design tools, assets, and projects for collaborative iteration in a virtual world.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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