Category Archives: big data

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Surfing The Visual Content Canyon

Remember when Big Data was a problem? Though its origins are somewhat murky, the phrase “Big Data” gained mainstream popularity as shorthand for a set of problems unique to extracting value from massive, complex data sets. Once an ecosystem of tools, research and best practices emerged to manage and make sense of this kind of data, the phrase gradually flipped from negative to positive in connotation. What’s happening right now in the visual content space is eerily similar to what happened with Big Data. Marketers…

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10 questions for a founder : Clarifai

During last Spring’s LDV Visual Summit, there was a company whose name came up   over and over during panels and side conversations: Clarifai. Still navigating under the radar, it has managed to quickly gain major recognition and recommendations from its peers in what is probably the hottest segment of photo tech : computer vision.   Whoever cracks the last mile code to making computer recognize and understand the content of images will dominate the internet for the next decade, if not more. Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft,…

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A brand’s guide to the photo tech

The visual web is here. People discover, share  and buy based on what they see online. Photo are fast becoming the number one way people connect with brands. An evolution smart companies like Nike and Red Bull have fast understood, pouring millions into photography. But thanks to a variety of photo tech start-up, it is now easy and affordable for smaller brands to take full advantage of the visual web. We have compile a short introductory list for those who would like to get their…

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Questions to a founder : Impala

There is no end in how many photos we produce. In fact, all the projections show that we have only just started and that the 880 billion photos we will take in 2014 are nothing compare to what is to come. But who organises all these images? Enter Euvision Technologies , from the University of Amsterdam, who promises to let you continue shooting carelessly while it takes care of automatically classifying your precious moments. Or any moment. In fact, it can classify any image you submit into…

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Amazon’s new trick

Let’s be honest, Amazon is not interested in selling phones. Instead, they want you to carry a device that is a constant and direct connection to its store.   See, one of Amazon’s issue is that more and more purchases are mobile and as good as their apps might be, they are still competing with thousands of other apps on both Android and iOS. They are also competing with Apple and Google, owners of the operating systems, both of which have their own stores. So, in…

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The new photo agencies

Social Media opened our eyes to the reality that there is a massive talent pool of photographers that have not chosen the path of going pros. They enjoy taking and sharing photos just for the pleasure while they go on paying for their lives with other, probably more lucrative, occupations. Nevertheless, the technology world doesn’t see it that way. More and more,  options are appearing, allowing social media images an opportunity to be monetized, whether they like it or not. In the last 3 years  we have…

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Questions for a Founder : Mapillary

Crowdsourced content is only as good as the ability to curate it. Mapillary does exactly that by using computer vision to understand the relationships between two images and stitching them together automatically. Using GPS information, it is building the largest user-generated  photographic map of the world. We caught up with co-founder Jan Erik Solem to learn more before he takes the stage at the LDV Vision Summit on June 4th, in New York. First, here is how it works : What is Mapillary and why did…

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Questions for a Computer Vision Scientist : Serge Belongie

We caught up with Serge Belongie,  co-organizer and judge for the upcoming Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenges, part of the LDV Vision Summit,  to learn more about him, the competition and computer vision. – First, a little bit about you. What is your background ? I’m currently a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University’s newly created NYC Tech campus.  I visited here for the inaugural “beta semester” in spring of 2013 and I liked it so much I decided to join full-time.  Before moving to Cornell I was…

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Photos are dumb

Let’s face it. Photos are dumb. Without context they don’t reveal much.  While they can be really good at evoking emotions, they are really bad at explaining their content. In fact, without a viewer, an image explains nothing. Let me explain. When confronted with a photograph, we are only able to recognize the items in it because of our memory. We have seen them before, thus we know what they are. Those unfamiliar to us remain unknown.  A photo explains only if you already know the…

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The Marketplace Lure

Social media photo platforms, rising in numbers from the dual pull of Instagram $1 billion acquisition  and people’s insatiable appetite for  mobile photography, are facing a complicated maturity issue:  How to monetize without defection ? The first step of all social media photo platform is to gain traction by gaining market share. Here, all the models are the same : using the network effect, grow your users base to a comfortable number ( usually in the millions active users) by offering them a set of…

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