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New AI technology gives Twitch Streamers constant, creepy eye contact

New AI technology gives Twitch Streamers constant, creepy eye contact

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Nvidia has come up with a new AI-powered technology that replaces your real eyes with digital ones that will never stop looking at your webcam. This is very creepy and another sign of how unnatural you need to act online to become a popular streamer in 2023.

That’s right: To succeed in the world of live broadcasting, you must be “on” all the timealways “engaged” and never taking too many breaks for fear of diminishing your potentially fickle audience. It can quickly lead to burnout. Time and time again we have seen big, medium and small streamers are losing their passion to play games online, leading to long breaks, panic attackand more. But what if an AI powered tool can help you fake a part of that all important engagement? Enter Latest Nvidia update to its broadcast software.

This toolkit aims to help you look and sound better while streaming, with features like background removal and keyboard noise suppression. From this new version, you can now apply artificial intelligence-powered fake eyeballs to your real human face with the click of a button. And these new eyes will stare directly into the camera at all times, allowing you to never stop “engaging” with your audience, even while you’re reading your chat or looking at other things in your room. It looks wild and very creepy!

Some suggest this technology could help people with autism who struggle to maintain eye contact during meetings and live broadcasts. And while I respect that use case, I doubt that’s the way we want to go. I don’t think constant eye contact — especially creepy, direct staring eye contact like this — is something we all need or should want. I certainly don’t think sticking creepy AI eyes on everyone is a good thing. And as one tweet stated, that kind of static, deadpan look is not the way people actually look when speaking to large groups. Looking away or at other people and cameras is natural and can be helpful and even important.

Online reactions to this new technology have included people going crazy over how creepy and weird it looks and pointing out how unnatural it feels. However, you can also find many more positive responses to the above tweet and other online examples of this strange new AI gizmo: people excited about how it will help their YouTube videos or Twitch live streams, and happy to be able to read chat or look away from the stream while their audience is tricked into thinking they are still “engaged” with them. To me, that just seems like a really unhealthy (and unsustainable) mindset that will ultimately lead to more burnout that AI-powered technology can’t fix, cure, or prevent.




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