The drones, Flir’s Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems, are the world’s smallest combat-proven nano-drones, according to the company.
The California Coastal Records Project was founded in 2002. The purpose was to document the California coastline with photography. So they flew the entire length of California in a helicopter, taking 10 photographs every mile – 12,000 pictures in all.
Something strange, scary and sublime is happening to cameras, and it’s going to complicate everything you knew about pictures. Cameras are getting brains.
Until the past few years, just about all cameras — whether smartphones or point-and-shoots or CCTV surveillance — were like eyes disconnected from any intelligence.
They captured anything you put in front of them, but they didn’t understand a whit about what they were seeing. Even basic facts about the world eluded them. It’s crazy, for instance, that in 2018, your smartphone doesn’t automatically detect when you’ve taken naked pictures of yourself and offer to house them under an extra-special layer of security.
But all this is changing. There’s a new generation of cameras that understand what they see. They’re eyes connected to brains, machines that no longer just see what you put in front of them, but can act on it — creating intriguing and sometimes eerie possibilities.
Masha Ivashintsova was born in Russia, in 1942. At 18 she started taking photographs, and became involved the underground arts movement in St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad. She shot prolifically on the streets of the city, with either her Leica IIIc or Rolleiflex.
OUR eyes are fleshy things, and for most of human history our visual culture has also been made of fleshy things. The history of images is a history of pigments and dyes, oils, acrylics, silver nitrate and gelatin–materials that one could use to paint a cave, a church, or a canvas.
Where do you stand, wireless, roaming through the undersea cable’s echo point in Dar Es Salaam? What sovereignty can be claimed over this call, and to what jurisdiction belongs this voice now? Stacked, competing territories, layered on top of dust and tea and talk. http://ift.tt/2CNraDj
We say the machine is blind because it cannot perceive contemporary data. It is oblivious to every coordinate that matters, disconnected from the liquid conversation between device and channel. The blind machine’s only production is tactile and short-range memory. Truth, in the form of useless and invisible gifts. http://ift.tt/2lcNRIB
To see through this new machine you need to be very still. It’s a soft, vibrating, pulsating camera. Built to look at faces and trained to shoot in silence. Google chose to dress this future algorithm in analog drag, to reassemble the contact sheet and highlight the experiment of a new lens. Point it outward, very carefully, feel the subtle hand-held buzz of deep computation. http://ift.tt/2DBw9XP
2017 has been another year of news stories that produced photos which can often be difficult or disturbing to view. I’ve made it a tradition to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past year.