How Our Photo Obsession is Threatening Our Memories


Startup Quantifies Video Content With Code


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Computer vision has seen some major advances over the past couple of years, and a New York-based startup called Dextro wants to take the field to a new level by making it easier to quantify what the computers are seeing. Founded in 2012 by a pair of Ivy League graduates, the company is building an object-recognition platform that it says excels on busy images and lets users query their videos using an API a la other unstructured datasets.

The idea behind Dextro, according to co-founder David Luan, is to evolve computer vision services beyond tagging and into something more useful. He characterizes the difference between Dextro and most other computer vision startups (MetaMind, AlchemyAPI and Clarifai, for example) in terms of categorization versus statistics. Tagging photos automatically is great for image search and bringing order to stockpiles of unlabeled pictures, “but we found that most of the value and most of the…

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In a Digital Age: Live for the Moment or Record It?


It is no longer enough to record seemingly every last moment of life with your smartphone, it seems. Near-death is fair game, too.

Thanks to the Personal Video IndustrialComplex tens of millions of video-enabled smartphones, feeding countless hours daily to video-sharing behemoths like YouTube rock concerts, presidential inaugurations, fourth-grade school plays and even midair near-disasters can all be considered “content” now, inspiring us all to tap our inner Edward R. Murrow and record the event for posterity.

But even as public gatherings, from the world-historical to the intimate, evolve into a sea of glowing blue screens, a backlash has started to take root. An improbable assortment of critics — mindfulness gurus, twee indie rockers, even, seemingly, Pope Francis — have started to implore these armchair videographers to drop their phones and actually start living again.

To live the moment or record the moment? It’s become a defining dilemma of the iPhone age.

I’ve read this article on The New York Times and it touches many aspects (very superficially I may add) of globalization, contemporary civil society, social, political, economic and value changes emerged by modernity.
It misses some aspects and doesn’t develop (many) others, this is my sociological perspective and rigor speaking, nevertheless it’s interesting.
Second: there’s no such thing as “iPhone Age” NY Times editors, there is an “digital age”, “information/knowledge age” and the “mobility age”, etc.
“Viral”, “audience”, “academics” and “paparazzis” concepts should be better defined and developed on the article, and please, PLEASE, don’t compare “celebrities” with “audience” and regular “people” and social agents, they stand on a field apart from the “regular joe”.

Original Source: A Defining Question in an iPhone Age: Live for the Moment or Record It?

Biker Evading Robbery at Gunpoint Recorded by GoPro


What would you do…?

Biker Evades Robbery Attempt at Gunpoint, Captures It All on GoPro



A “Privacy Checkup” From Facebook


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Facebook has rolled out its long-awaited privacy “checkup” button. The checkup is exactly what it sounds like — a way to quickly scan your activity on the site and see who can view your activity.

“We know you come to Facebook to connect with friends, not with us,” Product Manager Paddy Underwood said in the blog post announcing the news. “But we also know how important it is to be in control of what you share and who you share with.”

You’ll be prompted by Facebook’s privacy dinosaur — yes the same little guy who popped up back in May to let you know if your posts were public — to run your checkup. That means users less tuned into tech news won’t have to go hunting down the feature; Facebook will flag it for them.

Facebook's privacy dinosaur pops up to prompt you to take the check-up. Facebook’s privacy dinosaur pops up to prompt you to take the check-up.

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Big Data and Statisticians, Revisited (Video)


What's The Big Data?

Data Science, Big Data and Statistics – can we all live together? from Chalmers Internal on Vimeo.

Terry Speed on how (and a bit on why) statisticians have been left out of the big data movement. Best slide comes at 34:20 and I wish Speed have talked more about how his “personal statistical paradigm” contrasts with the ideology of big data.

“This is the Golden Age of statistics–but not necessarily for statisticians”–Gerry Hahn

“Those who ignore statistics are condemned to re-invent it”–Brad Efron

HT: Nathan Yau

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