RI Podcast 23: Ed Catmull Part 1 - Exploring the Frontier via Animation and Computing


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Ed Catmull has been at the forefront of computer graphics since his time at the University of Utah. His position as CTO and one of the two founding members of Pixar - which later evolved into a role as President of Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios – is just the tip of the ice berg when describing Ed’s career. It is no exaggeration to say Catmull is part of the fabric of the 20th century and early 21st century. That is, via technical achievements like subdivisions of surfaces (for which his work in the field was awarded an Oscar by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and through the stories created by Pixar. The people Ed has called peers throughout his life include many of the architects of personal computing as we know it, such as Alan Kay, as well as iconic figures like Steve Jobs and George Lucas. Ed sits down with Adam and the Remotely Interested Podcast to discuss his life in animation and computing. Part one of the interview includes his time at the University of Utah; ARPA and DARPA; Tubby the Tuba; Lucas Arts, Star Wars and George Lucas; Steve Jobs and the grandfather of AR / VR, Ivan Sutherland. Creativity Inc: http://www.creativityincbook.com/about/ Oscar: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/behind-screen/oscars-sci-tech-awards-ed-catmull-john-knoll-receive-honors-1168791 Walt Disney Innovator: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/disney_hi.html University of Utah School of Computing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Utah_School_of_Computing Sword of Damocles: https://youtu.be/eVUgfUvP4uk Gertie The Dinosaur: https://youtu.be/TGXC8gXOPoU Computer Animated Hand: https://youtu.be/fAhyBfLFyNA Tubby The Tuba: https://youtu.be/ENKHzTREALo Droid Maker: https://www.droidmaker.com/ Pixar Image Computing: https://youtu.be/PhhGfdkK9Ek Alan Kay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Kay

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