I feel like I should say more about this, I think I am someone who can understand both the "dev" and the "art" side of this, what "we" are doing here is creating "reality," turning information into physical simulation and even into physical reality, for me a render is very physical.
I was talking to LordCrc about the fact that the PBRT group wanted to send him a free copy of their book, he seemed to be projecting guilt about this because of the cost of the book, this paradox made me think a lot about how few people out of the billions of people alive that are working on this in FOSS context. Only a FOSS based simulator can really get at the honesty factor, without peer review a render is not unbiased imo.
Normally I tend to be totally against putting sentient beings upon a pedestal, to me its a form of insult, elevating one person. Yet at the same time I think its important to acknowledge beings who work out of pure interest to advance a technology which I see as the true power behind culture in the 20th and 21st century.
The ideas generated by artists in the early 20th century were the root of culture, perception is reality is what we learned.
Now we are learning that reality is information.
This is very important, we are in the middle of a important movement in art, we can't see it from inside normally, but perhaps this is a chance to acknowledge it.