Before becoming a photo-loving marketer, I did research in AI. My PhD in Machine Learning is – literally – from another century, but my interest in the topic never waned. And seeing AI spread to our hobby, as well as to many other areas of our daily lives, has made me dive in again.
So, you can expect posts about AI and photography in DearSusan, in the near future. Plus, I have just started a new blog on Artificial Intelligence. Yipee.
It’s called “Highway” or, rather Hiw.ai, because unlike so many observers, I’m very bullish about the technology and what it can add to our lives 💪
The two blogs will reference one another on occasion, but will live separate lives, with separate subscription bases and intended audiences.
DearSusan will remain a collaborative, hobby-centric creative photography blog, in which we will occasionally discuss the uses of AI in photography.
Hiw.ai is intended to be more how-to and professionally-oriented in its approach, but with non-specialists in mind. There are already multiple excellent technical blogs and websites online, dealing with Artificial Intelligence, but far fewer that can help readers outside of the technical sphere understand the mechanics of AI and Machine Learning, and how to use them to their benefit, in their personal life.
In hiw.ai, I want to provide an intuitive, yet deep, dive into how AI works, so that anyone can make informed choices about technologies to use, form their own opinion about our future, and cut through the polarized drivel often found in non-specialized media.
The two blogs will work together, in spite of their different target audiences, as I believe hiw.ai can be interesting to most DS readers. For instance, I hope to interview the developers of AI software used in photography. The uses will be described on DS, but the technical details will be on hiw.ai.
And if DS mentions that an AI app is generative, the definition and functional explanations will be linked to on hiw.ai.
As the email linking to the present post mentions, I have created a separate mailing list for the two blogs. This post and maybe a couple more in the future, is emailed to you using the hiw.ai list. I hope that’s OK !! If you are not interested in learning about AI, please just click unsubscribe on any of those emails and you will still get the DS messages. After the first 2 or 3 messages, I will remove from the list all members that have clicked on none of the included links, so you will stop receiving those messages if you are not interested and do not unsubscribe by yourself.
And if you do like what you read on hiw.ai, please share! As with DS, I will not create social accounts or advertise. The blog will grow or die based on its success with its readership, which is expressed in comments and shares. If it is useful to you, you will share and it will continue. If not, well, it’ll just dwindle 🙂 Such is life.
What’s on offer so far?
As you can see for yourself, the blog has no logo, no menus, no contact form, it has received no graphical design work, it doesn’t have a subscription form, it is as bare bones as they come, and I haven’t really figured out the editorial tone and line, yet. All of this will follow if you find the contents interesting 😉 So do let me know, over there or here.
The current articles are all longform. All future ones will be written (video is fantastic for entertainment, but we all learn much better from text). But I might experiment with a mix of very short posts and longer ones. Again, please let me know what works for you.
Back to photography for now. The next post will be our collective “Best of May” post 🙂 Cheers.
PS: Unrelated but related. The Northrups have recently revealed what they feel is Sony’s game for the future: integration with Android (hat tip to Philippe for sharing this). We’ve been suggesting something like that for nearly a decade on DS, and think this could be a great move for Sony. One that will include … AI.
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