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A slippery road

A slippery road

How the implementation of article 17 of the European Copyright directive is going to deepen the value gap rather than fix it for photographers. Read More →

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O! the Hypocrisy

O! the Hypocrisy

Every year, like clockwork, the World Press organization reveals its selection of winning images and photo essays for what it considers the best photos of the year.This year, as the world is in lockdown, nothing has changed. Out of 73,996 photographs entered by 4,282 photographers from 125 countries, a few were selected as the top Read More →

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The things that kill themselves

The things that kill themselves

The particularity of the photo industry is its death wish. At its core, everything and everyone in this industry seems hell-bent into destroying itself and, along with it, the whole industry. Take PDN, for example. Long considered the monthly bible of professional photographers with its tall vertical pages, its authoritarian product reviews, and its industry-leading Read More →

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Facebook’s new A.I. takes image recognition to a whole new level

That means showing it a picture of an airplane and having it be able to recognize it as a plane, understand its shape in 3D space, and predict how it will move. Same thing for a chair. Or a bird. Or a car. Or a person doing yoga. on 10 Aug 2020
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OpenSpace raises $15.9 million to automate photo documentation on construction sites

Founded in 2017, San Francisco-based OpenSpace uses AI to automatically create navigable 360-degree photos of construction sites. The software works in tandem with a 360-degree camera, which builders or site managers strap to their hats to document the evolution of a site. on 28 Jul 2020
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Fawkes protects your identity from facial recognition systems, pixel by pixel

Changes made to photos undetectable to the naked eye could still prevent matches in deep learning systems. on 24 Jul 2020
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autoRetouch launches to revolutionize image editing for Fashion products

autoRetouch - the first end-to-end, automated image processing platform - launched its Open Beta phase. Powered by AI, the company currently offers a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for automated bulk-processing of Fashion product images. on 20 Jul 2020
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Google Testing Thumbnail Images in Text Search Results

Google is testing the use of thumbnails images in different search contexts. The first version is in the search engine results page (SERP). The second version is using thumbnail images in the Google Suggest drop down. on 07 Jul 2020
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'DeepFaceDrawing' AI can turn simple sketches into detailed photo portraits

The software produces photo-realistic images from even incomplete drawings. on 18 Jun 2020
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Hummingbirds see colors we can’t even imagine

Scientists have long known that birds probably have better color vision than humans do. Like most primates, humans are trichromatic—that is, our eyes have three types of color-sensitive receptors or cones: blue, green, and red. But birds have four color cones, meaning they are tetrachromatic. on 16 Jun 2020
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Facebook just released a database of 100,000 deepfakes to teach AI how to spot them

The best model, developed by Selim Seferbekov, a machine-learning engineer at mapping firm Mapbox, was able to detect whether a video was a deepfake with 65% accuracy when tested on a set of 10,000 previously unseen clips, including a mix of new videos generated by Facebook and existing ones taken from the internet. on 12 Jun 2020
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Photography’s misconceptions

Depending on who you ask, photo prints are up, or down. Depending on where you look, DSLRs are dead, or not. If you ask VC’s consumer photo apps are out, if you ask developers, they are a hot item. The only certitude, one all seem to agree on is that

The after image

The numbers are well known -billions of photos shared every day- and the habits well-entrenched- checking social media 40 times a day-. Every concert, every street performance, every incident, accident, spill, fall, weird dance, every anything that is out of the ordinary is filmed and photographed and immediately shared via

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