Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

The Engineering Behind TRON: Legacy

PostedOctober 24, 2010

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Randy Atkins: In the 1982 film TRON, Jeff Bridges’ character is digitized by a laser and transported into a world of computer games. Jeffrey Silver is the co-producer of the upcoming sequel TRON: Legacy.

Jeffrey Silver: We wanted to explore how you would embody an intelligent being within a computer. That seems to be a little bit more accessible, a little bit less science-fiction now.

Randy Atkins: Silver points out that today’s laser scanners, enhanced artificial intelligence, and virtual reality advancements are allowing us to both broaden our experiences and propel scientific discovery.

Jeffrey Silver: To explore the virtual reality world and the world of TRON, is to understand what the capacity is for advancing science using virtual tools.

Randy Atkins: Real-life aspects of the film are being demonstrated on the National Mall this weekend. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News. 

This exhibit is in Tent 102 of the Expo.