Acquine, the ‘Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine’ is an automated site that promises ‘Instant Impersonal Assessment of Photo Aesthetics’. Designed to ‘mainly to assess the aesthetic quality of color natural professional photographs’, Acquine is not designed for assessing ‘photos of industrial products, advertisement images, casual family photos, figures in publications, out-of-focus shots, political photos, etc.’ The documentation adds ‘At the moment, Acquine cannot understand the great complexity of our human society and should not be used for assessing photos with a lot of cultural meanings.’


Imagine how this kind of software might change the behaviour of products. Nadia is a speculative camera concept by Andrew Kupresanin. Intended to use the rating system developed with Acquine, Kupresanin’s concept is about pushing the boundaries of what we want smart devices to do. ‘Currently under development, we will soon see devices and systems that have the ability to think creatively and infer beauty. As this novel technology improves and works its way into consumer devices, what effect will it have on individual preference and our creative process? Will new objects and possibilities arise?’


This kind of ‘creative automation’ is gaining pace. Sony’s smile-sensing cameras have been around for several years, and the feature is now widespread. Some Canon’s now have a ‘wink self-timer‘ mode that activates the shutter for self portraits by sensing facial gestures. And Casio’s latest range of compacts boasts a make-up mode, that smooths away wrinkles and adds a spot of blusher. Where next? A new generation of cameras (the Canon Wonder?) that’ll slice still images from a constant stream of HD video, picked according to qualities like Flickr interesting-ness, for example.


Other things. the evolution of Mac Paint / yet more OK Cupid data overload, this time making ‘the case for an older woman’ / Lost and Found Pictures by Billy Ben / images collated by photographer Simon Walk-Lasowski / A Guide Magazine, equine themed / a nice day every day, creative work / 13 hours in 10 minutes, a short film by Brook Lin.

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