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Archive for March 17th, 2011

Want a truly horrible customer experience? Buy from Wildform. The product is fine and does the job, but the experience of buying it, doesn’t measure up.

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The Next 9 Jobs That Will Be Replaced By Robots http://tinyurl.com/4c66w5b

I thought this article was interesting because I’m always looking at the cutting edge of what can be automated. For me the interest is in thinking about how the cutting edge of technology will move into even more “creative” roles.

The jobs supposedly “on the line” (and they don’t mean tomorrow, but rather a little ‘down the line’):

  • Pharmacists – robots in two hospitals have filled 350,000 prescriptions without mistake. (Could human pharmacists boast that level of accuracy?)
  • Legal Discovery (Lawyers) because computer can analyze documents faster and for less than humans, and find information and connections that humans miss.
  • Drivers – as Google’s self driving car experiments (and those DARPA have sponsored) then commercial drivers may not be needed any more.
  • Astronauts (where I’m in favor of replacing human risk as much as possible)
  • Retail clerks – self checkout is growing.
  • Soldiers because in a smart war, it’s the machines that count and frankly if machines are killing machines, that’s a war I can almost salute!
  • Nannies and baby sitters.
  • Online sports stories from the basic scores.  This can probably applied to most other types of factual-based writing.

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Mar/11

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FUJIFILM to feature facial recognition in lens

FUJIFILM to feature facial recognition, precision focus, telephoto lenses http://tinyurl.com/4jfyz9a

The TRACE facial recognition system enables a camera operator to set automatic focus parameters on one person’s face in a frame. When a subject walks into the frame, a box appears around that person’s face, and if the operator touches that person’s box, the lens automatically focuses on that face throughout the scene. The TRACE system will be shown as a technology demonstration with estimated availability at the end of 2011.

So, here’s my question. There are people who criticize the use of tools like First Cuts, Finisher and prEdit because they in some way diminish the role of the editor (from their perspective). Isn’t this much the same thing? Shouldn’t the camera operator be able to follow focus on a face? Isn’t that part of the job? If we have facial detection like that, couldn’t we add in a pan/tilt head and really follow?

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