In The Rise of Deepfakes! GTC Keynote was a CGI, Nvidia Reveals

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The CG model of Jensen in a CG replica of his kitchen


The Graphics Technology Conference (GTC) Keynote, which took place last April, was nearly 100% fake, and no one noticed! 

Deepfakes are not something new and over the past few years, deepfakes improved and got a lot better. It became more difficult to tell the difference between the real thing and a fake one, and Nvidia with its GTC 2021, proved that it can be almost identical.

Well, the entire keynote was not a fake but during a section in the keynote, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang and his famous kitchen were totally CG models. In the same kitchen last year, Huang pulled the RTX 3090 out of his oven during the Nvidia Ampere reveal.

The surprise or should we call it the shock took everyone in the industry because the keynote was in April with more than 2 million views on YouTube and no one from the industry or the press noticed a thing until Nvidia released a documentary on the making of The GTC keynote and revealed in a blog post.

“The computer-generated model of Jensen was brought into a computer-generated replica of his kitchen that was deconstructed to reveal the Omniverse,” Nvidia said.

Nvidia used its own Omniverse Platform to make the keynote, It is a powerful multi-GPU real-time simulation and collaboration platform for 3D production. Omniverse enables universal interoperability across different applications and 3D ecosystem vendors. It provides efficient real-time scene updates and is based on open-standards and protocols. The Omniverse Platform is designed to act as a hub, enabling new capabilities to be exposed as microservices to any connected clients and applications.

Indeed, this is exciting and great news for the CGI professionals and the industry as a whole but it comes with some serious and worrying concerns. It seems that nothing is real and at the same time, anything is possible!