Jensen's Kitchen was a lie: Nvidia reveals GTC 2021 keynote almost 100% faux

*Replace: Nvidia reached out to TechRadar to notice that whereas Jensen’s corporeal type might have been rendered, it was Jensen Huang himself who was talking:

Via all however 14 seconds of the hour and 48 minute presentation — from 1:02:41 to 1:02:55 — Huang himself spoke within the keynote,” the corporate’s weblog put up now reads, so whereas the Jensen you noticed in his digital kitchen might have been a digital mannequin, the voice you hear is definitely Huang giving the keynote.*

Nothing is actual and something is feasible – Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang’s iconic kitchen, the place he introduced three pandemic-era keynote addresses in 2020 and 2021 – was nearly totally faux, together with Huang himself, in the course of the firm’s GTC 2021 keynote earlier this yr and no one even observed.

The digital presentation was cooked up utilizing one thing referred to as Nvidia Omniverse, a multidisciplinary collaboration instrument for creating 3D digital workspaces. For an annual keynote deal with recognized for spectacular technical shows, this one actually delivered. 

Most viewers had no concept they hadn’t seen the true Huang talking from his actual kitchen till a brand new documentary by Nvidia was launched that detailed the efforts that went into making that presentation.

The information comes as a shock to only about everybody within the business, provided that the digital presentation in April 2021 raised no suspicions among the many tens of 1000’s of business professionals and press who lined the occasion. Nvidia’s Omniverse was that good at recreating what has change into a really acquainted scene. 

Even the digital Huang, decked out in his trademark black leather-based jacket, sailed proper previous the uncanny valley in the course of the presentation with out anybody catching on – a really unimaginable feat.

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In a weblog put up on Wednesday, Nvidia talked in regards to the expertise of recreating an area for which tech fanatics have developed an actual attachment. “Jensen’s kitchen” was a pandemic staple for PC {hardware} followers who have been used to watching and even attending a lot bigger, extra mass-produced launches.

“The demo is the epitome of what GTC represents: It mixed the work of NVIDIA’s deep studying and graphics analysis groups with a number of engineering groups and the corporate’s unimaginable in-house inventive group,” the corporate mentioned.

“To create a digital Jensen, groups did a full face and physique scan to create a 3D mannequin, then educated an AI to imitate his gestures and expressions and utilized some AI magic to make his clone sensible.

“Digital Jensen was then introduced into a reproduction of his kitchen that was deconstructed to disclose the holodeck inside Omniverse, shocking the viewers and making them query how a lot of the keynote was actual, or rendered.”

Jensen’s kitchen, in the meantime, brings its personal understated allure to Nvidia’s current keynotes. There’s nothing fairly like seeing Huang pull the model new RTX 3090 out of his oven in the course of the Nvidia Ampere reveal final yr, and for many individuals coping with lockdowns and social distancing as a result of pandemic, the keynotes have been a strategy to digitally join with fellow fanatics within the feedback part of the livestream.

It was a pure selection then to make Jensen’s Kitchen the demonstration of Nvidia’s Omniverse instrument, which is all about creating sensible 3D workspaces the place individuals can meet and collaborate. Cool as it’s, although, we nonetheless favor the true factor.