I don’t watch much “regular” TV, but most nights you can find me chilling in front of the video box for a couple of hours watching whatever I find interesting on YouTube. Last night, for example, I learned about a recent fusion energy breakthrough, explored the history of Portugal, and got my mind blown once again by Corridor Crew. You may remember me linking to them last November after they scanned a ghost town with a phone. Now? They’re livestreaming deepfakes. You thought deepfakes were crazy just as pictures or edited snippets? Take 18 minutes and 32 seconds out of your life and check out this video.
One of the YouTube channels I subscribe to is called Corridor Crew. The channel’s description is “We run a production studio based upon ingenuity, hard work, and friendship. Watch our ups and downs as professional creators!” Its most recent video was about using LiDAR to scan an entire ghost town. WITH A PHONE. Cerro Gordo is now available to view (and in some cases walk through!) at https://poly.cam/cerro-gordo . I watched most of the backstory video with my jaw on the floor. The progress made by LiDAR scanning apps is unbelievable. If you didn’t realize how far phone-based 3D scanning has come, do yourself a favor and watch the video or visit the ghost town online.