Monday, July 13, 2009

Pictures for Computers

Look at this "picture" for a moment. It is absolutely meaningless to a human - a random array of bits and dots. But when viewed by a machine, this picture has meaning. In this case data about a Microsoft product.

It is forecasted that in the next few years there will be more cameras built for computers than built for humans. For humans, cameras are for capturing, transmitting and storing images. For computers an "image" is rarely created. The data goes straight into the machine for interpretation, and a "picture" - or something that can be interpreted by a human - is rarely created.

Think back - if you had told George Eastman 100 years ago that the future is in building cameras for non-humans he would have thought you were crazy. But if you look how Kodak has done lately it looks like they should have worked a little crazy into the business model.

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