A powerful new software program in the field of diminished reality is capable of removing anything from a video–even a live video. Develeoped at the University of Ilumenau in Germany, the software has a vast range of potential applications. News media could use it to remove unwanted individuals or objects from their stories. Governments could use it to minimize the appearances of tragedies. Hoaxers could use it to remove wires and other evidence of their hoaxes.

It is going to give the media and governments the ability to simply erase unpleasant realities that they would rather we not see. Earthquake and flood victims disappear. Mysterious people who shouldn’t be seen–aren’t. And our world becomes virtual…unless, of course, you’re one of the victims. Then you know.

On a brighter note, of course, it’s going to open the door to a whole new area of spectacular movie effects.

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