Facial Recognition and the Digital Economy

toddpetersTodd Peters, ArcSoft’s President, North America, addresses the topic of Facial Recognition and how it will impact the digital future. For highlights from his recent presentations at GigaOm Mobilize in San Francisco, FutureM in Boston, stay in touch with us on Twitter at @ArcSoft

Facing the Dramatically Digital Future

Imaging technology is embedded in our smart phones, in self-driving cars, and, unfortunately, at some traffic lights. We’re even wearing it. And by 2020, as the digitization of business continues to increase, nearly everything we use will be embedded with cameras and sensors. During this time, in every industry, from transportation to medicine, The Internet of Things and its technology ecosystem will have created an $8.9 trillion market. Of that ecosystem, the combined IT and telecom market will hit almost $4 trillion, or 5 percent of the global GDP according to this year’s Gartner Symposium in Orlando, FL.

In essence, ‘we are looking at a new economy,’ says Peter Sondegaard, senior VP at Gartner and global head of Research at Gartner, clarifying, ‘This is the beginning of a new era: the Digital Industrial Economy [that will] result in revenue associated with the Internet of Things exceeding $309 billion per year.’

The Internet of Things is going to be needy in terms of processing all that information, too. And it will depend specifically heavily on our ability to capture and process images. Given that over 100 hours of YouTube videos and 500 million photos are uploaded and shared every single day, we’re looking at a massive amount of unstructured data. So how can we turn those pixels into actionable, visual data?

A tunnel composed with great images

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The Backpack Doctors – Healing and Photography in Nepal

Nepal is a place of astounding beauty like nowhere else on earth. The summer days are breathtakingly endless blue, punctuated by torrential downpours and proudly arching rainbows. Evenings boast the clearest, starriest skies. While it’s incredibly magical to me, this is just life as usual for the Nepalese people. But amid all this splendor, things are not so easy for them. They do not have access to the medical treatment they desperately need. So, three times a year, we come here to help them. And every time I come back, I feel lucky to be here, grateful to be among these amazing people.

A snapshot of Nepalese women and children

Life in Nepal – simple, grateful.
Photographed by Max Wei.

I’m a professional photographer and I enjoy seeing the world through my lens. But, as a physician, sometimes what I see — tremendous physical suffering and emotional trauma — can trigger a conflicted feeling in my heart. I’ve often been asked, why I don’t just exaggerate the pity aspect of what I see through my photography in order to get people to sympathize and donate to our cause. But I don’t think charity should be promoted that way. Charity should come naturally, from the heart. And, out of respect for the people, I don’t choose to show their suffering, because that is only a part of their lives. As a matter of fact, most of the time, I see people’s great smiles, and I see them being thankful and content. Continue reading

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How to Get the Most From Your Mobile Photos

Our Guest Android Photographer Shares the Secret to Finding Inspiration

-by Dainon Moody

You might say I’m an ‘Androidographer.’ Or perhaps ‘A Samsung Galaxy Artist.’

The world is full of incredible sights and places. Sometimes I plan ahead and bring my DSLR, but most of the time, I don’t. My Galaxy phone, however, is always with me. Because I never know when I might see something particularly amazing, my phone lets me capture these things right at the moment I experience them.

Two sombreros in shadow

Two sombreros in shadow

The images you see here are just a few of these moments that have spoken to me, that tell a small story about a time, a place, an event or a subject. They are my observations and my take on things, my perspective about the world as I move through it and live in it every day. Continue reading

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Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the most adventurous of all?

Share amazing experiences on multiple screens, instantly.

AMD, ScreenMirror, APU, AMD APU, A-series, ArcSoft, ArcSoft Screen+, mirror, file mirroringPicture it: You’ve just returned from an incredible month-long trip to Thailand with some of your closest friends and you’ve invited everyone over for a celebratory dinner, including the friends who couldn’t join you. You’ve collected everyone’s photos and videos onto your laptop and then organized every breathtaking segment of the journey – from Ayutthaya to Koh Samui, from Bangkok to Chiangmai. You figure you’ll upload everything online or make a photo book in the next few days. Continue reading

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Spotlight On Photography #1: ‘The Hummingbird Whisperer’

Meet Paul Garcia, a Castroville, TX semi-pro photographer, and an ArcSoft app user, who has a way with hummingbirds.

Paul Garcia a hummingbird about to feed right out of his hand

Paul Garcia with a hummingbird about to feed right out of his hand

Hummingbirds are, arguably, some of the world’s most fascinating birds. They have an incredibly rapid wing speed (a high of 100 beats per second), tiny size (most species measure between 3-5 inches with the smallest at 5 cm) and impressive aerodynamic design (they produce 75% of their weight during their wing downstroke). More than that, though, the hummingbird’s quite literally ‘fleeting’ beauty has captured our imaginations for thousands of years across the globe. Continue reading

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Everybody’s doing it. But is everyone doing it right?

Some are. Some aren’t.

consumer apps, mobile apps, softwareWhen we were kids, we tried this simple reasoning at some point with our parents. ‘Jimmy’s doing it’, we said, as if this was a convincing argument as to why we should also participate in whatever it was that ‘everybody’ was doing.

And if our parents were smart, they said, ‘Well, good for Jimmy.’

As in: what does what Jimmy does have to do with what you do? The important thing to ask yourself – always – is what’s YOUR unique reason or reasons for wanting to do something? Your reason should be smart, it should be relevant and it should be timely. Continue reading

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Wait, Is Everyone a Photographer?

While stunning DSLR photography is wonderful and certainly has its place, smartphone photography is becoming more and more common – and more and more influential.

‘Tree Backlit by Sunlight’ by Sheldon Wood taken with a camera phone.

‘Tree Backlit by Sunlight’ by Sheldon Wood taken with a camera phone.*

Wait, is Everyone A Photographer?

It’s an interesting debate. Whether the Chicago Sun-Times made a big mistake in firing their entire photo journalistic staff or not, one thing is true: the superb quality – and value – of typical cameras embedded in smartphones today is incredible. Most of us are toting this dazzling technology in our pockets, backpacks, cars and handbags every single day.

So what are we doing with that technology? Do we even realize how much power is in our possession? Continue reading

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How to be a Great Wedding Guest Photographer

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A rare moment alone at this couple's beautiful wedding


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Every wedding has a main story but there are many sub-plots.

While a wedding seems like one big event with the primary focus on the couple, there are always many other storylines developing right alongside it: Long overdue family reunions are causing tearful and joyous hugs. Out-of-the-blue budding romances are heating up. Dear old friends are scrambling to catch up on precious lost years. Sweet little kids are running around and being naughty.

As a wedding photographer for the past six years, I’ve shot many weddings. It’s hard to describe the beautiful kaleidoscope of emotions that one is privy to during these moments but all I can say is that my experiences have taught me a lot. In this blog, it is my hope that I can help couples and their attending guests pay extra attention to documenting all the great stories that are happening all around them. Continue reading

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Keeping it Real….Kind of.

Julia Roberts, LorealImages of beauty are everywhere. Plastered larger than life on billboards. In your face at the grocery checkout. In every glittering movie and television show. Even though we know all those celebs are airbrushed like crazy, we suspend our disbelief, even if just for a moment. Admit it, we’re all fascinated. If we weren’t, these images wouldn’t transfix us so intensely. And even though we know they’re all fake, we’re still wondering, ‘hey, what do they have that I don’t?’ (Lest we forget their army of personal trainers, personal chefs and a career dependent upon their physical flawlessness).  So when I was asked to check out the details of ArcSoft’s hugely popular app, Perfect365®, and write about it for an upcoming blog, I was really excited. I knew it could be an opportunity to focus on some really interesting perspectives on beauty in our culture while also having some fun with this technology. Continue reading
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