Controlled By Your Mental Workspace

Intelligent Camera

Intelligence, an important part of our future.

In a perfect world, the perfect digital camera would capture imperfections that catch our eyes and match our brain perceptions. The perfect digital camera system would rely on human intelligence and not just the latest firmware to produce the best photographs—this artificial intelligence digital camera, aka the AID-Cam™, I predict will become reality.

The AID-Cam™ in its simplest form consists of two devices that communicate with each other to combine what you actually see and perceive plus the information captured by the digital camera system at the time the camera’s shutter is released. This hybrid capturing and processing of information, human intelligence plus digital data, would result in a maxim data processed file, or an AID image file, the opposite of the minimal data processed RAW file format.

Far fetched? I doubt it as according to the Tech Insider article Artificially intelligent security cameras are spotting crimes before they happen, shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 an automated camera system called AIsight was installed in Boston and Bloomberg cites, “The software is already in place in cities like Chicago and Washington, and BRS Labs claims it can sometimes detect crime before it even happens.”

If we can make security systems that use video cameras combined with artificial intelligence, or AI, to detect crimes before they happen, why can’t we use AI to make still camera systems that interpret the final image the way we see it and/or want to perceive it? Basically the common thread is a capture device, or camera, and applying AI software to formulate a final, visual result. Reprogram the AI software to feed off what Dartmouth University researchers coined as your “mental workspace,” and frankly, the artificial intelligent digital camera system is possible.

This mental workspace is covered in a Huffington Post 2013 article, Research Uncovers How And Where Imagination Occurs In The Brain, where Dartmouth “researchers found that the activity of what we call the imagination is the product of a widespread network of neurons (what they call the “mental workspace”) that consciously alters and manipulates images, symbols, and ideas, and gives us the intense mental focus that we need to come up with new ideas and solutions to complex problems.”

If we’re able to create a device, similar to a biofeedback device, that taps into our individual mental workspace, and transmits physiological data to the AID-Cam™ via tether or Bluetooth, and with the right artificial intelligent software, our cameras could learn to see how we perceive things plus capture that image with the proper shutter speed, white balance, aperture and other settings. As the file processes in that instant, it would combine what it knows, or has learned through AI of our individual brain perceptions.

In other words, in that instant we release the camera shutter it would literally post produce the image so the skin would appear soft like natural skin and not the sharp, sometimes unflattering defined pores captured by digital cameras today. Need a little thinning of the thighs, or toning of the abdominal areas, then think it as you capture it with your AID-Cam™. Eliminating crows feet, not a problem, just think a little younger about your subject. The key here is that the artificial intelligence digital camera recognizes that the human eye, and brain, are forgiving when it comes to people’s looks, the camera is not.

The minute our brains can control the output of our digital camera files to match our perceptions is the time image manipulating software stakeholders need to reconsider their investments. While our photographic knowledge and abilities are what our brains use to program our cameras to capture an image, imagine what the mental workspace can do to ensure our photos are exactly what we saw or want to see at that given moment. Time normally spent in postproduction becomes reduced or even eliminated, and our cameras become personalized as they learn through artificial intelligence to think, perceive, plus see how we want our final images. A truly individualized camera; selfies would never be the same.

Today’s digital cameras “think” in ones and zeros and capture 256 shades of gray through red, green, and blue filters then processes that data through manufacturer proprietary software. The camera doesn’t perceive like the human brain, it calculates through mathematics stored in its firmware created by engineers that design these algorithms based on math, mechanics, physics, photo science, and senior management. The missing piece for the AID-Cam™ is just the individual data from the person who owns the camera and the AI software to interpret that data. The artificial intelligence digital camera system is possible simply by fine-tuning existing AI software to recognize our mental workspace neural responses and incorporating that human intelligence data with existing camera firmware data.

Now I’m not sure if MIT is working on the perfect camera, and perhaps I should’ve filed a patent on the AID-Cam™ before discussing it here, but the manufacturer that creates the first camera system that can tap into our mental workspace as we release its shutter will change photography yet once again. Unfortunately I’m not a scientist or artificial intelligence expert, but my communications degree tells me that with all the brain neuron and AI research, plus today’s technology, someone will invent the headgear with mental workspace sensors that interpret what the brain perceives and imagines, then passes it to the camera so it can create the final AID image file in a moment of time. Imagine the future of fine art photography for those that can pre-visualize their masterpiece and transfer those ideas directly to the camera to ensure the perfect capture—now that is the future of photography.

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