There is a saying that many times technology is not developed for a specific purpose, but rather, someone in the lab comes up with a new idea and the technology suddenly is looking for a home. The people in marketing are all too good at taking anything and making it into something to sell, whether we need it or not.
In a geek chat on linked in, an interesting conversation has broken out from the self-following drones. The article posted caught my eye, as I had sent out a blurb to a friend whose son does extreme mountain biking that wanted to invest in the horse, sky, or cable camera to get great visuals of he and his friends seeming to fly down a mountain on a bike.
I kept saying, “Get a drone.” when i saw the auto tracking drones, i sent them the URL to a kickstarter idea with delivery in dec 2014, "Think about getting one of these!"
The person that figures out a nice tracking system, with seeming real time processing and a slick gyro cam stabilization and programmable path, and makes it cheap - will bring a great deal of cool imagery to the world.
My interest in drones the past 10 years was simply to see and photograph new perspectives of towns/churches/landmarks…basically artistic. The portrait angles could be really amazing as well, as I can see them in my head for weddings and such, and while wonderful, I think the world is heading more to a Photoshop with image compositing instead of getting one great image in one shutter click.
Another friend just posted research on how couples getting married now want real time uploads of data to the web. Once again, a great idea to share the moment with everyone, but it also will open up a can of worms in “sorry, I can’t come to your digital wedding, my schedule is so busy. I need to take more awesome 'selfies' today.”
Paparazzi drones are already here, but the payload and stabilization of a 800mm lenses is not practical, so I can just see the attention sl*ts of the world buying a fleet of their own drones to simply broadcast every moment of their life.
Don’t think just Google glass, think a full-blown robot driven life projection image manipulation that takes facebook and the web’s ability to project and control an image into hyper drive.
Oh what’s an attention sl*t? It is those celebrities that got famous for doing not much of anything, yet, for whatever reason, they have a swarm of fans and feed an industry that employes a lot of people who used to sell tabloid news, but more and more, page clicks to generate more page clicks. It is sort of like the relationship of a remora and the shark. The difference is that the "human shark" on earth is actually very small and you have a huge remora called "the media" following it. (Cute analogy no?)
Where does this have us heading? When we would do work with the Agrowbox it was not uncommon for kids in 3rd world countries to genuinely be interested in a camera, photography and that magic type of moment where they see themselves. I have heard of a few people, I think rick smolan even did an event where they passed out cameras in schools and let kids go nuts taking images. I guess today the experiment would be, "here, take only images of yourself."
I am surprised no one has made a “selfie” cameras (you can have the idea, i don't want to be associated with this idea, much like the guy asking for the virtual blowjob machine). No longer are we shooting outward to capture and document a moment that happened in time. Instead we are taking pictures of ourselves, to broadcast outward to the world, “look at me!”
In some respects, I look today at the president of the United States and how hard that job has to be, as he has a lot of the world looking at them. I don’t know of anyone that is perfect, much less really good except for a few old monks, so when ex President Clinton said “I never had sex” as the leader of the free world, he basically inadvertently said, “yeah, it is ok to lie.”
When is saw the president taking a selfie at nelson Mandela’s funeral, I was like, “cool, he is human.” Then a short time later he was with a baseball player and another “selfie” went out into the market and I was like, “shit, did the president realize he gave license for “selfie” to be acceptable behavior?
Yesterday I was reading specs on the new digital watches and phones when I came across the blub advertising “new user facing camera does high resolution images in multiple view mode. Selfies never have looked so good!” (Tis a paraphrase, but really am really trying to imagine it was really a dream and no marketing department actually wrote that)
The point of this blurb is that many times we have technology looking for a home to fill a need. The need of people with technology seems to be that we want to experience what we want, when we want, and how we want. There is less space involved for sharing with others, unless they happen to be in the “selfie” image with them.
All I can think of now is “groupies” with rock shows, and I guess if you have more than one person in a "selfie", you technically have a “groupie” and now my mind just see’s a society in love with themselves, moving further apart from realizing humanity is a lot larger than self.
But, the technologies are cool, and I am sure in the lab, the inventors and designers all envisioned a different use for their goods. I had an old partner that basically is responsible for bringing what I call “little brother” to the Internet. He honestly tried using all the robotic and camera tools for education and science; yet, in the end it was defense, surveillance and the intelligence-gathering world that bought his little company.
It is a strange twist in the since 9-11, the American citizens have given away far more than they have received in the tradeoff of security and surveillance with freedom. I blame us and people posting all our stuff up on social media. I was on the USA today site yesterday thinking, “Wow, digital media is about a picture, a headline and little to no body copy? I guess people think they are either too important to spend a little time, or the editors think the readers are too dumb to want deep news?” I digress again, behind the façade of all these “selfies” that are being posted online, are computers humming away in some unmarked facility, just putting all the pieces together on faces and places. All that data, given away freely…by the user…posting themselves in “selfie” moments.
Why do they call the new apple smart devise the apple "watch?"
I guess big brother is really a "groupie" of the selfie? Either that, or a selfie is a form of self-love, pixel m*sturbation? Any psychologists that can answer that question?
Odd post today. Perhaps this is why photojournalism is dying? No one wants to see pictures of what is happening outside themselves in our world. If people are not in the picture, they simply don’t care anymore? hopefully this will be the last time i type, "selfie."
The hardest thing for a man to do is get rid of is his pride. To give up his "self" to not become a "groupie, " but rather, "selfless." to do that, you really don't need technology, just a mirror and the ability to take off your own blinders and work on your "self" each day.