The coolest thing I saw at GDC: software that animates everything

The coolest thing I saw at GDC: software that animates everything

The Star Trek holodeck is one of the most alluring of sci-fi technologies: you give a few verbal instructions to a computer and boom, you’re on a street in 1940s San Francisco, or wherever you want to be. We may never have holograms you can touch, but the part where a computer can generate any 3D scene it’s asked for is currently being worked on by a small studio in London.

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Anything World CEO Gordon Midwood asked me what I wanted to see. I said I wanted to see a donkey, and a few seconds later a donkey walked around the screen in front of us. Sure, it kind of ran like a horse, and yes, all it did was meander through a field, but those are just details. The software lived up to its basic promise: I asked for an easel and an easel appeared.