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Visualizing User-Generated Content to Better Understand Humanity

Making sense of the trillions of images now available on-line can reveal fascinating information about our society. Taking the first steps in this complex field that mixes art, computer science and sociology, Dr Lev Manovich, professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York explains, via a few of his projects, how we can learn by just looking at what others are capturing. This is the transcript of his 2015 LDV Vision Summit presentation: We all hear this expression “thinking outside of…

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LDV Vision summit : Analyzing Satellite Imagery

One of the lesser known application of data mining from images is satellite imagery. Mostly because it services businesses more than  consumers. However, the combination of much larger pools of available images and advances in neural networks has made it one of the most promising and exciting field of visual tech. Second transcript from last year’s LDV Vision Summit, we give you Analyzing Satellite Imagery by James Crawford, Founder, Orbital Insight I am James Crawford from Orbital Insight. our Company is based on—as many software companies…

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What Google’s new open source TensorFlow and Cloud Vision API mean for photo app developers

When discussing this year’s Mobile Photo Connect “Prospering in the emerging Photos at your Fingertips” theme, several photo app developers commented along the lines of “Wouldn’t it be nice if… companies such as Google or Facebook would share their machine learning and image recognition technologies with all of us?” Few expected this was likely to ever happen, let alone within weeks after the conference. On November 9 Google announced its open source TensorFlow machine-learning framework, followed three weeks later by its Cloud Vision image recognition…

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10 Questions for a Founder : Imagga

While big companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook pour millions into visual content recognition in order to make sense of the billions of images uploaded to their services, smaller companies offer the same solutions to anyone interested in using deep learning to classify images and videos automatically. Straight out of Bulgaria and with years of on the field experience for a variety of companies, Imagga is one that certainly carries its weight in this field. We caught up with founder and CEO Georgi Kadrev to…

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Canon, Imaging Mind and EyeEm Team Up to Present Photo Hack Day 2015

Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, Imaging Mind, a futuristic agency and visual culture community and EyeEm, a creative community and marketplace for photography, have partnered to present the fourth annual Photo Hack Day, Berlin on 28 November. The event, a 24-hour coding marathon, brings together the most creative developers, designers and photographers from across Europe and challenges them to prototype new photo applications that revolutionise the way we take, see and interact with images. “InfoTrends reports that 810 billion photos were taken worldwide in 2014.…

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10 Questions for a founder : Kite

On could think of Kite as the Stripe of the photo printing world. With just the addition of an SDK or API, it adds full printing and delivery capabilities to any photo app. For free. With photo printing on the rise- a recent study shows that the numbers of users ordering photo products from apps has doubled since 2013- Kite offers an appealing rapid development solution that can quickly put an app on the path of profitability. In fact, it is hard to understand why…

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Brand logo monitoring leave marketers hungry for more

Unbeknownst to social media fanatics, they are being watched. With billions of photos shared daily on a variety of social media, a giant opportunity has opened up for brands to stealthily  track how consumers interact with their products or services.  Advances in content recognition has made logo detection within vast sets of images easier and with solutions on the market for the last 8 years as well as brands eager to better understand the consumption of their product, it should be a slam dunk. But…

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10 questions for a founder : SportLogiq

When you introduce advanced visual technology within an already existing lucrative market, you have the potential to create an explosive reaction. That is exactly the model SportLogiq is using, introducing image analysis into the multi-million market of sports analytics. Estimated at $125 million in 2014, sports analytics is anticipated to reach $4.7 billion by 2021. Mostly done manually using banks of humans processing hours of videos, it is now on the verge of being completely disrupted, thanks to the efforts of the Marc Cuban-backed, Montreal-based…

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The dark world of mobile photography

While the numbers are familiar – 1.8 billion images uploaded daily, over a trillion in a year – what they hide is not. A recent study by Kodak Alaris ( unfortunately only limited to the UK) shows that the vast majority of photos taken are never processed and worse, end up being lost forever. While there are many reasons for this, it is interesting to note that the size of the photo universe is probably 5 times bigger than anyone believes, even if most of…

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Data driven stock photography

While there has never been so many photos taken and shared online, the world of professional photo licensing is not striving. In fact, most legacy companies have seen their revenue freeze or decline in the last decade, with rare exceptions.  While at first contradictory, a closer analysis reveals that part of the issue seems to be linked to antiquated business model that are ill-fitted to our all digital, mobile world. The few companies in this space that continue to grow, and some as much as 40%…

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