Just found this old scrap of text that I wrote back in 2009.
Democratization of technology
It’s a wonderful period when a not-accessible technology becomes accessible.
I’ll be writting a bit about imagery. It has happened before and with a really short span of time, it’s happening now again. A decade ago photography was only Film/Analogue. I will not say that photography wasn’t popular at that time. It sure was, but there was a huge gap between Amateurs and Pros. A Price-Time-Frustration gap.
You needed good gear (aka. expensive gear), you needed time to practice, develop film and make prints. You were easily frustrated, the barriers were huge.
Though it was not the invention of digital photography that changed this scenario. The democratization and leverage of the technology did. Of course, it had a development curve. The bar was too low when it first began. The major feature was instantaneity, being digital. The image quality was second. At least for the bucks an amateur could pay.
I remember getting my first digital camera when I was 15 y’old. It was a compact Canon A200, a two megapixel camera. I had loads of fun with it. It was something new. Two things happened: That new technology seamed interesting and it developed my interest for photography, which I sorta had previously.
Then two years later I bought my first dSLR, a Canon 300D. It was like suddenly a new world unveiling in front of me. I could not describe how it felt. ‘Suddenly’ my images had a new aesthetic and I was able to practice and develop real techniques with it.
Well, we all know the story, the prosumer cameras became really consumer cameras. Now you can easily buy a dSLR for mere sub U$700. The increase of quality and the decrease of price led to a leverage of most enthusiastics out there. Everyone is able to take good photographs and ‘look’ pro.
The same thing is now happening to Video. The same dSLRs are now able of recording video. The awesome part is that they either use APS-C or Full-35mm-Frame sensors. Leading to a Cinema-ish aesthetic. And you can use the same lenses you’ve bought back there when you got your first dSLR.
Enabling people to do great with little is terrific. The possibility of a teenager to produce their own footages is incredible. A new aesthetic standard is being set – for now: Low DOF lenses, calm-indie-guitar strummed music and day-to-day situations.
For the new cinematographers its time to them experiment, find and pursuit their new language, setting those new standards.
For the ‘pros’ it’s time to distinguish the Men from the Boys.
Fremdscham is the new Schadenfreude
Fremdscham (the noun) describes the almost-horror you feel when you notice that somebody is oblivious to how embarrassing they truly are. Fremdscham occurs when someone who should feel embarrassed for themselves simply is not, and you start feeling embarrassment in their place.
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.
Actual competence may weaken self-confidence, as competent individuals may falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding. Kruger and Dunning conclude,
“the miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others”.
“The skills needed to produce logically sound arguments, for instance, are the same skills that are necessary to recognize when a logically sound argument has been made. Thus, if people lack the skills to produce correct answers, they are also cursed with an inability to know when their answers, or anyone else’s, are right or wrong. They cannot recognize their responses as mistaken, or other people’s responses as superior to their own.”
the little things
just saw this on google maps:
Skipping breakfast really does make you want donuts. Neuroscientists find that when you miss a meal, the brain primes you to seek higher-calorie food, so you don’t just want to eat more—you want to eat worse.
For the study, young, healthy, slim subjects spent four nights getting eight and a half hours of sleep and four nights getting only four and a half hours of sleep. The difference in their fat cells was startling: after sleep deprivation, the cells became 30 percent less receptive to insulin signals—a difference that is as large as that between non-diabetic and diabetic patients.
It’s quite exciting to see what is happening in NYC recently. Both Square and Über are really challenging some established conventions for payment and transportation.
So far both have been on a winning spree against its competitors. But this week they had some casualties. Curious to see what will come next.
The pilot program called for putting iPads in airport waiting areas so that people might order food from the nearby restaurant, essentially turning a 50-seat restaurant into a 200-seat restaurant.