Ghostcatching on ABC-TV

Paul Kaiser (
Tue, 3 Aug 1999 18:37:28 -0400

Those of you with access to American television may be interested in a
program entitled "Brave New World," which airs on Thursday, August 5, at 10
pm Eastern time.

This is the second in a series of 8 special Nightline programs, developed
chiefly by Robert Krulwich. This segment explores Danny Hillis' contention
that the future of human evolution will be silicon-based rather than
carbon-based (ie, we will descend as machines, not as bodies).

As one counterpoint, the program looks at the virtual dance "Ghostcatching",
created by Bill T. Jones, Paul Kaiser, and Shelley Eshkar. An animation
shows the process of motion-capturing Jones and then transforming him into
3D; this is followed by Jones' rumination on being disembodied; and finally
a 2-minute excerpt from the piece itself.