Richard DeVaul’s Take On Thought Innovation

October 7, 2021 0 Comments

In the early days of The Boss, we talked to a ton of artists from across the creative spectrum. The one that stuck out most in our minds was Richard DeVaul, otherwise known as “RD,” who at 25 years old is already a pioneer and force to reckon. You see, RD’s passion isn’t sculpting or painting or drawing. Rather, RD uses advanced 3D modelling and incredible technical knowledge to create entire worlds in the “Render Factory Lab”.

Richard DeVaul explores what it means to be human in a world of increasingly realistic AI simulations. The implications of such technology extend beyond science fiction. We’ll all need to ask ourselves: Will we treat these simulations as facsimiles of life or a piece of the “real thing”?

The Render Factory is a tool that gives Richard DeVaul the ability to create entire worlds. It’s an environment where he can place 3D objects from his library and animate them using Maya, Unreal Engine 4, Unity3D, and other software. In short, any aspects of his creative process and the work that flows from it exists within this virtual space.

“From a technical standpoint, I’m just trying to push my abilities,” says RD.

The beauty in the Render Factory is that anything can happen within its walls. You could dump a bunch of LEGO bricks onto the floor and watch them come to life. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how these tools could be used for advanced robotics, psychology experiments, or other purposes that RD does not yet know.

Richard is most well known as the head of Google X. He heads up all of their most secretive projects. Richard began his career with Apple in 2000 and worked on many secret projects there until he moved to Google in 2004.

At that time, he was brought on for a project working on ad matching technology. He is currently the head of one of Google’s most secretive projects, Project Loon. Click here for more information.

In an article entitled “Want Innovation? Forget Invention, Learn To Execute”, Richard DeVaul explains Overvaluing invention and undervaluing execution leads to poor resource allocation and underperformance in most innovation-focused organizations. High-impact innovation comes from putting the pieces together well — design — and delivering a great product — execution.


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