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Puffy Cloud

Puffy cloud is a type of procedural texture, used for faking volumetric objects, by way of multiple layers of fractal noise generated pixels, layered one atop the other, to simulate voxels.

In reality what you get is a layer-cake of flat texturemaps compressed together. Sometimes this technique is combined with facers, to prevent the user?s viewpoint from moving away from perpendicular with the layers and thus seeing the make-up of the clouds.

See Also: Procedural Texture, Voxel, Pixel, Facer

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Will chatting smart cars become a reality soon?
A BBC article looking at the rise of the smart car AI driven cars that will soon be able to communicate with cloud services for traffic control, communicate with the humans on board, and work in flocks to drive themselves with consideration (and a degree of literal mind-reading) of each other's positions and goals.


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