This video definitely feels like the summation of the state of the world these days.
This is an exceptionally direct and poignant talk about what’s at stake with regards to algorithmic discrimination and how big data can fuel it, as well as what needs to be done to remediate such discrimination and unfairness.
Really cannot wait until this movie comes out! It looks like it’ll be a lot of fun and with a very different tone and feel than the ones released over the past two years.
I really appreciated this short but poignant interview of Joel Meyerowitz. He has an interesting assessment of the difference between a SLR and rangefinder-style camera (one blinds you to half the world whereas the other lets you see the frame and what is around the frame) and how photography has the potential to transform the unrelated into the real, the imagined, or the potential.
I have no idea whether or not this speech might herald Oprah’s potential entry into politics as a candidate, or as an effort to leverage her reputation and power to equalize power imbalances in the media and entertainment space, or as part of another activity that she plans on undertaking. What I do know is that her speech is amazingly powerful and has parallels with some of the best speeches of Obama that launched him as a candidate: if this was her political ‘coming out’ speech then it’s remarkably impressive in its accessibility to the general public and depth of meaning and importance to the public writ large.
It’s pretty amazing to see what Star Wars might have looked like if George Lucas’ initial script and the original designs had been adopted (and made with contemporary computer generated images!). Imagine how much more interesting it would have been had a young woman, instead of a male, protagonist been responsible for saving everything!
A great, and as always helpful, reminder that what matters most isn’t the equipment you carry but your creativity and desire to use it on a regular basis.