AI is at the center of this week’s edition again. This time, it isn’t enhancing amateur images to provide superior resolution but helping scientists make discoveries – through astrophotography – that could change our understanding of the universe. In other news, Zuckerberg is opposed by child protection associations, Andrew Reid comes to Sigma’s defense (good man), a Google Timelapse shows the planet’s changes in 35+ years, the rule of thirds receives the promotion it deserves by none other than Pablo Picasso, Apple launch a very tidy iMac, Zeiss make my eyes water, and much more 🙂
Seeing Quadruple: Artificial Intelligence Leads to Discovery That Can Help Solve Cosmological Puzzles. The difficulty with AI (artificial intelligence) is that its results cannot be proven to be true. They are statistical representations of past training data. And this can make them unsuitable for scientific discovery, if the program acts as a black box.
This project, funded by Nasa, the National Science Foundation, and other institutions focuses on quasars, very bright and very distant objects situated perfectly aligned behind a massive galaxy whose sheer weight bends the light from the hidden quasar into an image that often looks like a ring, or 4 stars very close to one another (the galaxy acts as a massive gravitational lens). Discovering and studying some of those quads with the help of AI (augmented intelligence) continually trained based on new data, the team hopes to answer some pressing open questions astrophysicians have been scratching their heads about for decades.
While the media and Hollywood can’t see anything but future conflict between humans and machines, scientists are making both collaborate for our delight 🙂
Google Earth Debuts New Timelapse Feature With a Timelapse Showing the Planet’s Changes Since 1984. Need I explain those changes aren’t positive?
Public pressures Zuckerberg to give up on Instagram for kids. There’s not much more to say. If you have kids, this matters to you. If you don’t, this still matters to you.
Why Gerald Undone is wrong about the Sigma Fp-L. Sigma are out of their mind. They think different, in a world where only three aspects matter : more, do-it-all and conventional. Pity the fool who puts a foot off the beaten path. Pitty the fool who doesn’t up the quantitative ante by a few meaningless notches at every release. Pitty the fool who serves a niche well rather than tricking the masses into thinking a swiss army knife can chop down a tree, cut through area-51 fencing and unscrew a rusty pannel from a rusty frame. Now, I really like Gerald Undone’s videos, which are very often so useful, and I’m not a big fan of the Sigma Fp-L, preferring the original Fp. But this opinionated article does a good job of defending Sigma and their latest little gem. In a world hellbent on standardizing even human beings, maverick brands are heroes to me. GO Sigma!
Having Fun With The Pixel Stick. Hmmm, as gimmicky as this seems in the article, I can’t help think there’s something there that artists could use really creatively. Toughts?
Zeiss Adds Four Focal Lengths to ‘Supreme Prime Radiance’ Lens Line. It all sounds halfway Communist Party Rally and facial skin care, but man would I like to lay my hands on those lenses … (Thanks for the link, Dallas)
Camera comparison: Can the overpriced Sony a1 beat the Canon R5? With a title like that, I was hoping to throw in the link just to start a flame war 😉 😉 😉 But it turns out to be an interesting review of the pros and cons of each camera. Drat!
Apple launches 24-inch M1 iMac in a rainbow of color choices. Purists will prefer a dedicated tower with dedicated GPU fire power and a pro calibrated screen. But at the launching price and elegant convenience of this new collection, Apple have created the most compelling case for 80/20 reasoning I can think of. Seriously tempting!!!!
How to Get a Film Look With Digital Black And White Photography. If you’re new to b&w, this is a good introduction to some important topics. Mostly, though, It’s got some nice photos !
Pablo Picasso is widely known as the inventor of the rule of thirds. Here’s an interview of him, from late March 2021, where he explains it all to us!! I only now realize that it was Pablo Picasso who denounced the reliance on dongles on Apple’s MacBookPro in 2015 and arbitrated the Reddit and Hedgefunds fight over GameStop. What a genius!
2021 World Press Photo contest winners announced. Not my type of photography, but mountains of talent all the same!
Not just an amazing sight, but a nice reflexion on solitude vs communion in nature.
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