Within its half-open, half-closed status, 2021 will be remembered as a transition year: A melting pot between ending lockdowns, rising vaccines and masks mandates, new variants, ending and restarting restrictions. But if anything, it did nothing to slow down the pace of online innovation—quite the opposite. If visual tech experienced
On one side, an economy exponentially craving for content. On the other, a static, unprepared landscape ripe for disruption. The stage is set for a redistribution of value in a vibrant and volatile environment: Witness the formation of a new visual content ecosystem. It’s been a cascading series of announcements:
Users have been warned multiple times by terms of usage and public reports. Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Snap, TikTok, Youtube, Twitter, Pinterest have made it very clear that in exchange for allowing you to use their platform to share your visual content, you grant them rights to do pretty much anything
Unlike the Hype Cycle, the areas of disillusionment haven’t stopped developers from making tremendous progress creating and implementing real-life AI-based imaging solutions that enable users to more easily and more creatively capture, enhance, manage, share or print their visual content.
The first iteration of the internet, the one we are still somewhat experiencing, was built on the fundamental belief that content should be free. In its early days, it was to be this fantastic social experiment where anyone and everyone would be able to share anything, anytime, with anyone. It
Remember Framen? This German startup’s CEO, Dimitri Gärtner, did a Show & Tell presentation at Visual 1st two years ago, showing his company’s digital frame photo viewing solutions. To my surprise, I learned a few days before Christmas that a company no less than Axel Springer had just acquired the