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By Hans Hartman – Mobile Photo Connect
At Mobile Photo Connect we’ve covered AI from the days when AI-based image recognition technologies first left the realm of academics and morphed into apps and services for automatically classifying consumers’ image collections.
Three years ago we enjoyed having on stage Matt Zeiler, discussing the products of his then 2-person startup, Clarifai (the company now has 55+ employees, has raised $40M, and is reportedly valued at $120M).  The same year we also had Yi Li, CEO of Orbeus, share her perspectives on image recognition (Orbeus has since been acquired by Amazon and its technology supplies many of the face and image recognition features in Amazon Photos).
Fast forward to today.  AI for face recognition and auto-tagging images (“find my photos with cats in them”) has matured so much that it has become a commodity, while innovative new AI applications are being developed both inside and outside our consumer imaging industry (think of camera-equipped self-driving cars that interpret visual information in real-time, for instance).
In the consumer imaging space, we’re moving beyond auto-tagging and starting to leverage new AI-based training models to help or inspire photo-enthused consumers in innovative ways.  In our AI is ready for primetime: how to use AI in the next-generation photo apps and services panel we’ll explore how AI can be used for intelligent auto-curation of images, auto-enhancement of images, auto-creation of artistic effects, and intelligent capture of images, just to name a few areas in which AI is currently being explored.
We are very pleased to dive into these – and many other AI – topics with the following panelists:
  • Ramzi Rizk, Co-Founder & CTO, EyeEm
  • Josh Weisberg, Principal PM, Computational Photography, Microsoft
  • Borui Wang, Founder & CEO, Polarr
  • Argam DerHartunian, VP Product, PicsArt
If that’s not enough, we expect AI to come up in most other panel discussions and many of the 30 Show & Tell presentations this year.
Join us at Mobile Photo Connect and secure your ticket now!
A few more things…
PhotoSpring.  Photo frames 2.0: PhotoSpring Redefines Digital Photo and Video Experience with Intelligent Wi-Fi Connected Frame. Auto-curated slideshows and remote sharing, so you can upload the new grandchild photos for grandma to adore.
Artifact Uprising/VSCO. Divesting encore: in our last issue we reported on Albelli divesting from VistaPrint (Cimpress).  Now it’s Artifact Uprising’s turn:   Artifact Uprising returns to Denver ownership as management team buys it back after 3 years with VSCO.
PastBook. Photobooks from Facebook and beyond attracts investment: PastBook Raises $2 Million to Scale-Up its One-Click Photo Books Platform.  Meet PastBook at Mobile Photo Connect.
Microsoft. If it works for consumers, why not for businesses: Microsoft’s AI camera app Pix is now a business productivity tool.  Hear all about Pix from Microsoft’s Josh Weisberg in our AI panel at Mobile Photo Connect.
The University of Nottingham/Kingston University.  Some extra doodling time on hand? Upload your selfie and see it in 3D.

Mobile Photo ConnectIt’s 33 days until the conference, Oct. 24 -25 in San Francisco, and time to buy your ticket!  After registration, publish a video trailer of your app on our new Attendee App page!]


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