Category Archives: big data

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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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Freedom

35 millions images for free

        It was just a question of time. We have repeatedly wrote here about how the current photo licensing model is broken and obsolete. We also explained at full length how image data collection and third-party revenue are the new gold mine. Getty apparently heard and is now applying. (If you want to read how it works, there is a great full explanation here) Getty Images announcement today that it has put 35 Million of its 80 million images up for free is…

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The Future Is Content Marketing Through Photos

by Rey Flemings, co-founder and ceo of Stipple. We’ve never had access to reams of data like we have today – as marketers we should be thrilled. We can measure performance until the cows come home, and at times we do. Unfortunately, it’s made us myopic. Great Data, Wrong Medium We are so blindly focused on using “big data” to increase display advertising performance (by a percentage of two if we’re lucky) that we’ve forgotten a basic consumer truth – consumers don’t like ads. As…

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