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The Elephant in the Room - Automated Change

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by BobBill, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
    Bob Hively-Johnson
    If this topic has been broached, I missed it.

    It may seem a stretch to some, but in a very short time, all our discussions regarding 4/3, m4/3 and other formats, finders and makers will become more or less academic excursions.

    Many of us tend to think industrial design consists of people fashioning little parts and mock-ups and so on. Not much of that anymore.

    Soon, it seems, even the professional world of picture taking will become the sole realm of computers, by and large. This will likely be the case for studio and arena activities initially.

    Eventually, those machines may take over our arty pursuits, even street shooting.

    Think about it!!!
     
  2. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    To what end?

    Even if machines started to make art, would that stop us making art too?
     
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  3. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
    Bob Hively-Johnson
    The Elephant in the Room


    No, certainly not, but perhaps affect us in many ways, not the least of which will include makers moving to that genre in RandD.

    To what end? Look at it from a media viewpoint... Fewer heads to pay and worry about at least. Humans could become obsolete even on the other end of the lens.
     
  4. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    Sounds like nothing but good.
     
  5. BobBill

    BobBill Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 29, 2010
    MN USA
    Bob Hively-Johnson
    The Elephant in the Room

    Really?
     
  6. Brianetta

    Brianetta Mu-43 Veteran

    438
    Sep 5, 2010
    North East England
    Brian Ronald
    Technology is nothing to fear. It liberates more than it enslaves. It provides more opportunities than it denies. It's progress. It's all good. I understand what you're afraid of; I just can't for the life of me understand why you're afraid of it.
     
  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Street shooting.... Let's not get carried away.

    I will not be replaced by a machine....yet!
     
  8. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Bob with all due respect, your remarks suggest those of a pessimist! I like to look on the bright side. New products, new ideas are good for us for they allow us to make better use of our skills and produce images that others enjoy.
    Just the rant of an "Olde" man that has seen many changes in the over 60 years of taking photos for fun and some for money!
     
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    I agree with Bill even tho he's much much much older than me...and certainly wiser than me also...
    Sorry Bill....
     
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  10. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    They have have automated photo taking machines for years ... they haven't taken over yet.

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. Bill Gordon

    Bill Gordon Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Well, I don't know about wiser.....but certainly old....but still enjoying the fruits of the new technology!!

    Keep up the good work on the best forum on the internet!!
     
  12. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Bill my friend, you are one of the many that make this a special place.
     
  13. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Richard, is that one of them new fangeled photo taking machines....?
    Kewl Beans man.....!
     
  14. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I've heard it said 'back in the good old daze', but really were they good?
     
  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ya know... Looking back, looking at the present and gazing to the future....
    Yeah, those were the daze...
     
  16. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    Personally, I can't wait for the day my PEN will go out on its own, on a wet cold rainy evening, and take a snap for my PAD ...
     
  17. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Geeze...My GF1 has been doing that all along.
    Maybe you need a firmware update..
     
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  18. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    <IMG height=450 src="http://www.freakingnews.com/Pictures/3/Week-in-Pictures-October-3-9.jpg[/img]380>
     
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  19. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    my e-p1 has grown up a bit since i shot this

    <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/7696652?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"></iframe>
     
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  20. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    @Spuff - great find! Love the Rollei feet!

    @Kevin - cute! Nice storyline!