View Full Version : Watch and be amazed...Digital images 2.0

Rick Starr
06-19-2007, 06:41 PM
This is amazing, I think you'll agree. Intellectual property goons beware.

Constraint-free digital image resolutions, instant metadata tags, instant hyperlink context...wow! (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/129)

Phil Heffernan
06-19-2007, 06:54 PM
I'm starting to get a feel for how different the 21st century may be from the 20th...Quite astounding...


Bruce Hooke
06-19-2007, 06:58 PM

06-19-2007, 07:45 PM
Holy ****!!!

06-19-2007, 07:58 PM
"Metaverse" (from universe)

Sounds like we better get used to the term...

06-19-2007, 08:09 PM
OK................ Either you guys are out of your minds, Been eating the brownies that Mr. KIA cooked up in the pub, or seeing something I'm not...... All I see is a guy talking with his hands.....

S/V Laura Ellen
06-19-2007, 08:40 PM
That is a sure way to spend a whole evening/week/month. It's addictive. Imagine this technology used with all the photos at the WBS. It would be a seamless record of the entire event. Neat!

Art Read
06-22-2007, 02:44 PM
This does rather boggle the mind with the implications.

(Any bets on how long it takes the porn industry to catch on?)

06-22-2007, 03:06 PM
Makes me wonder how content providers (who used to be writers/artists/illustrators/composers/choreographers/musicians/architects) are going to make a living.

Somehow I'm having trouble imagining how people are going to be gotten to be willing to pay for that sort of thing if it costs as much as it should, especially when I know how Corbis treats its content providers.

Uncle Duke
06-22-2007, 03:36 PM
Either you guys are out of your minds, Been eating the brownies that Mr. KIA cooked up in the pub, or seeing something I'm not
I'm seeing a visual Wikipedia - images from everywhere linked together with meaningful meta-data links (probably initially to the text Wikipedia) and (though not specifically addressed in the talk) with the ability to view historical changes from many perspectives, and to have the changes themselves linked to explanatory meta-data.
We're all going to need much bigger monitors and killer video cards, though.:)

Makes me wonder how content providers ... are going to make a living.
They'll set up some licensing arrangements where your stuff isn't shown unless somebody has rights. Hopefully it won't depend on the current stupid DRM methods, which don't actually work in the real world. But they'll do something - the provider market will demand it. The real challenge (same as for YouTube, etc) is to identify and remove offending materials uploaded by non-rights holders.
Cool stuff.

Rick Starr
06-22-2007, 04:09 PM
The guy says they're images harvested from flickr. People upload their images to share em, and share em they do in a magnificent way. Like the guy says, the whole of the product will be much more than the sum of its parts.

I think, like most of the web, it will be essentially free, after you pay for the pipe.

Come to think of it, it is much like google earth, taken another step. Google earth takes public domain images of the earth, compiles them into a searchable database, puts a sexy and versatile front end on it, and voila. This product does the same, with the addition of (at least in the example) a database of landmarks (think GoogleNotredame, Google(Insertlandmark); and the database is not closed but open. Everyone who posts a picture to a photo site with a tag on it adds to the experience.

Resolution and video capability is irrelevant because monitor resolution is monitor resolution. The beauty in this case is that you only download the pixels you need. You don't have to download a whole terrabyte picture then hunt your way around it. Like GoogleEarth, you load only what you want. Zoom in as far as you want, it's still 92dpi. All ya need is a current os and a reasonable pipe.