Story Flow

In his influential work “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi summarizes an extensive body of research on the positive aspects of human experience. He concludes that the most rewarding experiences, those that provide the most joy and satisfaction, result from pursuits or pastimes that require us to be actively engaged with the content of the experience. He calls this active involvement process flow and suggests that it occurs only when we are engaged in activities that provide the continuous feedback required to convey a real-time sense of discovery, achievement, and personal growth.

Mihaly’s work indicates…


Content Creation Evolved

Since the very beginning of CGI for film, artists have used GPU-powered content creation tools to provide the real-time interactivity needed for modeling and animation. Gradually, more powerful GPUs gave artists and directors previsualization capabilities which allowed real-time preview of imagery that slowly approached the quality of final renders. As the detail and complexity of the creator’s content evolved toward ever more photorealistic forms, even more powerful GPUs enabled progressively higher quality previsualization in real time. In 2017, the digital content creation pipeline for film underwent somewhat of an evolutionary leap when ILM revealed that Star Wars’…


Video rental giants like Blockerbuster and Hollywood were swept away in a streaming flood of on-demand cable offerings. In a second wave, cable has become inundated by Netflix, Hulu and other over-the-top entertainment streams.

On-demand video streaming on a massive scale has unquestionably transformed the way we experience movies and other video offerings. At the same time, despite considerable investment and effort, video streaming has failed to give us practical video gaming as-a-service.

The limited market penetration of video-based cloud gaming is in part a direct consequence of the high cost of running the games on specialized hardware in the…


Video rental giants like Blockerbuster and Hollywood were swept away in a streaming flood of on-demand cable offerings. In a second wave, cable has become inundated by Netflix, Hulu and other over-the-top entertainment streams.

On-demand video streaming on a massive scale has unquestionably transformed the way we experience movies and other video offerings. At the same time, despite considerable investment and effort, video streaming has failed to give us practical video gaming as-a-service.

The limited market penetration of video-based cloud gaming is in part a direct consequence of the high cost of running the games on specialized hardware in the…


In recent years, a growing stockpile of low-quality patents have been hurled like boulders by trolls that rob the innocent, innovative wayfarer.

Many of these low-quality ‘patents’ are, at best, poorly differentiated from the prior-art and, at worst, devoid of inventive concept and novelty. These patents stifle innovation.

Yet, there are cases where the patent system successfully helps innovators protect their investment in differentiated R&D, and provides a clear path to realizing the value created by real innovation. In such cases the patent system can actually work to encourage inventive effort, and foster true innovation.

Primal Space Inc. is an…

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