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  1. 1. Visual Image Search and Physical Hyperlinks anselm@hook.org paigesaez@gmail.com
  2. 2. project #1: qrcodelove.com • Two years ago Paige fell in love. • With a barcode. • QRCodes; a low-fi version of physical hyperlinks
  3. 3. Physical Hyperlinks • Physical hyperlink is a neologism that refers to extending the Internet to objects and locations in the real world. • Physical hyperlinking does this by attaching urls to tangible objects or locations.
  4. 4. for example
  5. 5. • if you can decorate the world with an encoded semiotics - what do you say? • graffiti? criticism? warnings? advertise? outboard memory palaces?
  6. 6. • The QRCode acts as a visual semiotic language extending and connecting between things and the internet • What else can do that?
  7. 7. project #2: visual search
  8. 8. How does it work? • same basic idea as the qrcode project except only now there is no code • We take a photograph of something and find similar images using robot vision techniques • Like a barcode we get back context
  9. 9. Such as... • Criticism and praise • Author, description, • History, Medium, era, • Similar looking images • Where to get more • Your longitude,latitude
  10. 10. Locative uses • bookmarking places • knowing where your friends are or were • knowing where you are • a landscape like australian song lines
  11. 11. Entering mainstream • Tonchidot • Photosynth • Tineye • Spellbinder • Snaptell
  12. 12. Implications? • Images used to be mute; how does this alter our relationship, interpretation and construction of images? • Will images supplant words as a way of talking to computers? To each other? • For example see
  13. 13. Legal freight trains • If most peoples reality is mediated by a consensual interpretation - one not favorable to brands - how will brand owners respond?
  14. 14. And who owns our (augmented) reality?
  15. 15. Code is law • Copyright owners may over-eagerly scour the web looking for theft - reducing everybody elses vocabulary. • Having a power doesn’t mean we should always use it.
  16. 16. finding a balance • How do we avoid being overzealous one way or the other? • How can we protect free speech? • How do we protect fair use?
  17. 17. Our thoughts • Foster an open image commons • Like Wikipedia • Associates images with meta-data • Protects common interest • Prevents undue private control
  18. 18. Building it • Add photographs • Document them • Creative Commons Licensing • Let anybody (not just Google) handle search requests
  19. 19. • Become conscious of your images
  20. 20. Thanks • paigesaez@gmail.com • anselm@hook.org • http://makerlab.org • http://twitter.com/anselm

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