The second vid DOES SHOW A REALTIME DEMO.
THIS is the point I'm trying to get across.. Carmack says it CAN'T be done and Notch says EVERYONE is doing it.. so someone has to be wrong..in the second vid Bruce Dell SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES this and basically says that Carmack and Notch, while perfectly competant at what THEY are doing, either don't know, misunderstand or refuse to see what HE is doing and are making all the wrong assumption.
EVERYONE seems to be taking Carmacks and Notch's word on this... and as far as I can see IN THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION, they are wrong.
TBH, if this IS true the the gpu manufacturers should be shitting themselves.. because the realtime demo was running on software rendering using the intel integrated chipset.. AND YOU SEE IT WORKING, presided over by a guy from [H]ardOCP.. You have to at least lend it some credence there.. it would have been torn apart in a detailed manner, as opposed to some flipant remarks by some people who should know better.
Watch the second vid.. see for yourself and listen to what he says
Carmack says that infinite resolution is impossible and did the math to show that it wasn't possible. The video doesn't show anywhere near what they were promising and to date have failed to provide anything to indicate that it isn't a scam.
Notch is, I believe, referring to voxel technology with that statement and it does show up all over the place, however, I'm not aware of anybody doing it on the scale that they're promising. Because it would require such obscene amounts of storage capacity and processing power that you'd never be able to do it. You'd be raytracing in real time well before you could pull that off.
As for the video, until they're doing it in public for people to interact with and with technology the rest of us have access to, I'd be wary of believing in it. They could beat the odds like onLive did, but onLive was in a better position to start with.
Or to put it another way, if it were possible, the industry would be making use of it by now. Voxels were well known even outside the industry by the late '90s, I remember them using it in one of the C&C games instead of requiring a 3D accelerator.
Why do people hate Notch so much? I always thought he seemed like quite a likable guy. Has he said stuff I'm not aware of, or is everyone just mad because he created Minecraft? :P
Honestly, I think in this case it's jealousy. Or, because of Minecraft.