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At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality

In augmented reality, the ability to work across disciplines is especially valuable. The medium represents a mash-up of modern technological marvels — computer vision, haptics, artificial intelligence — and more conventional creative endeavors, like screenwriting and character animation. In late 2016, the Libermans’ unique background caught the attention of executives at Snap, which, one year earlier, had demonstrated A.R.’s potential as a creative platform with the rollout of animated overlays on selfies. The company jointly hired the foursome to develop animated A.R. characters based on Bitmoji. “They’d been there and done that,” said Eitan Pilipski, vice president of camera platform at Snap, Snapchat’s parent company. “There was…

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Tech We’re Using: How Technology Transforms the World of Comic Books

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? George Gene Gustines, a senior editor in graphics and video who also writes about comic books, discussed the tech he’s using.You’ve been writing about the comic books industry for nearly two decades. How has technology transformed the comics industry?At a recent New York Comic Con, as I was strolling down the aisle and seeing comic book creators from Italy, Spain and France, I was struck by how global the creative community has become, which was definitely driven by advances in technology. I have images in my head of the early days…

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