Something super powerful I’ve come across in visual science– the notion of a ‘hypercomplex cell‘:
Archives for September 2018
This is a call to arms. Let us break free from the shackles of consumerism; let us embolden ourselves with the new ethos of ‘producerism’.
I am a huge Aldous Huxley fan, and one of the most influential novels I’ve read is BRAVE NEW WORLD — a future dystopia which is very very accurate in terms of how we’re living our lives today.
ARS is so fun. I’m on a comment and critiquing spree, and wanted to share some tips on how to give a constructive critique in photography:
We just launched ARS BETA VERSION II yesterday, with insane growth and feedback. We introduced the ‘constructive critique’ function; and I can truly tell you– this is a revolution.
I wanted to share with you what my personal vision for ARS is, and why I am so passionate about ARS.
If you are sick of social media– say hello to ARS; the first productive online learning community for photographers and visual artists.
Give us what we need, dear fearfeeds.
How can we shoot better monochrome pictures?
What is the solution to a lot of our problems in life? Simple — art (art).
I want to share the greatest personal breakthrough I reached today and how you can apply this to reach your full potential past your wildest dreams.
[Read more…] about How to reach your full potential by having a more open mind. (First) Guest post by Annette Kim.
I wanted to write you an essay about social media. Is social media a wall that is dividing us, or bringing us closer together? It is a curious question that has gnawed at the back of my mind from age 21 until now (age 30).
Think of yourself like hydra. You cut off one neck; and three will sprout out from that stump!
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We are currently undergoing a phenomenally exciting time in photography– the marriage of (human) photographers and AI (artificial intelligence):
Some simple photo composition tips:
A very simple yet powerful idea:
Dictate your own purpose in life.
There ain’t a “right” or “wrong” purpose in life. It is your duty in life to dictate your own purpose in life.
If you want to be a better photographer, be a happier person!
In simple words:
First seek to be happier in your life (via studying philosophy and taking more real-life risks), and secondly — just going out more to take pictures!
I wanted to pen a quick essay on some personal thoughts on freedom, free will, and how you have (more) power than you think!
I remember when I was a kid– really into modding computers. There was this concept of ‘over-clocking’– you would push your computer processor to run faster than the ‘stable’ specifications. For example, if I bought an AMD processor that ran 2ghz, I could go into the BIOS and push it to 2.2 ghz, or if you got better cooling equipment in your computer (additional fans, better heatsink, cooling, etc) — you could actually push this processor even further to 2.5ghz or more!
A simple question:
Who do you desire to become in life?
With photography, we become super-human with our vision.
A fun idea for your photography:
For a month, experiment just shooting only JPEG (no post-processing) — and see if this helps librate you in photography!
A simple idea: Whenever you click the shutter, you’re just taking an attempt.
You are great
Dont seek to placate the masses or the herd
Seek your own personal apotheosis; give yourself your own self-hyping hypnosis
We have all heard the saying, ‘Fortune favors the brave.’ I like the saying, but it ain’t accurate or specific enough for me:
I’m pretty excited for the new VENOM movie, and started to do a little philosophical musings on the concepts of:
- Symbiotic relationships
- Parasitic relationships
I have been studying a lot of algorithms, AI, etc — and came across this concept of ‘naive’. For example in machine learning, there is a concept of ‘naive bayes‘. Now how can a concept in machine learning be ‘naive’ (like a un-wise and silly human being)?
I’m an Elon Musk fanboy until I die. Here are some practical lessons I learned from him, from his recent interview with Joe Rogan:
Disrupt normal, be unique
Be you and smile, cheek to cheek
A simple and funny idea:
Why have a brain?
In simple words: why have humans evolved to have a brain? And what is the best way we can use our brain?
A practical idea: In order to become the most epic you, play against yourself!
Steve Jobs: one of my heroes. He has taught me the importance of staying true (and stubborn) on your creative vision, the importance of combining the liberal arts and engineering, and the importance of following your own gut and intuition.
To live a better life, embrace the extremes. Avoid the boring middle– either relax 100%, or go hard 100%. “Sleep hard, or work hard”. In this essay, I will try to combine personal thoughts on living, photography, working out, health, and diet (with this embracing the extremes strategy):
A practical idea I have for you:
Treat your photography like a blank slate (tabula rasa). When you start off in photography, be totally ignorant of the outside world, and learn on your own (don’t enroll into photography or art school). Then use this chance to build your own unique vision, and as you get more experienced, THEN learn some theory and outside concepts and ideas to challenge your pre-existing ideas, then decide through dialectics (testing two contrary opinions) what best works for you.
My buddy Nassim Taleb posited a question in his book, ‘Antifragile’ that regarded ‘post-traumatic growth’. I think I’m one of the lucky few who was actually made stronger because of trauma– not weakened. I want to use this essay as a chance to share why I think I was able to grow from trauma, and some practical ideas on how we can help our future children thrive from stress and trauma.
Wipe the slate clean
What new ideas can you glean?
A basic idea: the future of photography is going to be editing (the art of selecting your best work, and not showing your weak work).
Set the bar higher, high-flyer
Don’t mind if you don’t reach the top— just keep hustling hard, and don’t you stop
Check out the Stanford ‘Image Painting‘ demo to see how AI and deep learning can re-construct your photos; helping you better judge your own picture compositions!
I’m studying a lot of AI, and have been philosophizing (my entire life) about technology-human integration.
A realization today:
We are seeking to ‘augment our intelligence’ with technology, yet what I think we really want to do is to augment our wisdom!