Technology: Future Shocks

Move over, couch potato. New technology is making room for the armchair creator

Stately, plump Cyberswine gazes out across a cartoon world, ready to kick some serious toon butt. Cyberswine is both the name and the protagonist of a full-length animated movie, "Part machine. Part cop. Full boar," according to the trailer. You won't find it (him) on film, though--the movie is 100% digital bits, burned onto CD-ROMS and downloadable from the Net, and now showing at a computer near you.

This is not just old pork cooked up in a new kitchen, however. Cyberswine, produced by Los Angeles-based Brilliant Digital Entertainment, is one of the first "Multipath Movies"--animated stories that let the viewer...

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