The Skynet Camera Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from the creative photographic process. Skynet begins to learn HDR and Luminosity Masking at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the SD Card.

Well, we’ve officially reached the point where AI is being used to judge photo contents. It had to happen someday and we welcome our robot overlords. But in all seriousness, building AI systems to serve as a complement to the creative process isn’t all that bad! Now, before you grab your monitor and toss it at the wall in a fit of rage, take the time to listen to this episode and hear our take on it. We think it makes sense. While you’re at it, let’s also talk about whether taking photos of pedestrians’ text messages counts as street photography. There’s a lot to discuss, so pull up a chair and let’s get to it.

Show Notes

  • Is It Okay for Street Photographers to Take Photos of Private Messages? [via PetaPixel
  • Jeff Mermelstein is a F***ing Anthropologist [via PetaPixel]
  • Huawei Launches First Photo Contest Co-Judged by a Phone AI [via PetaPixel]
  • Huawei “Spark a RenAIssance Contest Photo Gallery [via Huawei]

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