Instagram Turns to AI to Block Hate Comments and Trolls

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Ever been bothered by hateful, mean, or mocking comments on your work from trolls lurking on Instagram? The app’s CEO Kevin Systrom is rolling out plans to block those through Artificial Intelligence. As a social platform, Instagram’s success has been largely attributed to people’s desire to share a slice of their life through photos and images. Likewise, many visual artists and photographers can connect part of their success to reaching out to their existing and potential clients by sharing their work on the platform. While it’s all good that Instagram has evolved into a tool for connecting people all over the world for both business and personal reasons, it bothers Systrom that it has also become littered with mean, hateful, and inappropriate comments.

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How Moth Eyes Inspired the Camera Lens

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Camera lenses have optical elements inside of them which each have coatings designed to cut down on glare and reflections. Instead of reflecting light, they were designed to hold the light for a piece of film, a digital sensor or any other sort of photographic material. According to Wired, camera lenses and film are designed to mimic the way that a moth’s eyes work–specifically with light holding properties in mind.

The process of biomimicry, which is designing technology to function just like something does in nature, was specifically mimicked here because of the way that a moth’s eyes are black and tend to absorb light instead of reflect it lest the moth attract predators.

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Wired Shows You How to Take Better Photos With Your Smartphone

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Wired recently created a video showing off how to take better photos with your smartphone–and on top of the list is using the VSCO app. But they also recommend using more manual controls from other camera apps. Of course, they also state that you should make good use of the sun and natural lighting.

Indeed, smartphones were long considered inferior by many photographers due to the lack of manual controls; but that’s changed. Additionally, some Android phones now shoot DNG raw images and Adobe Lightroom Mobile allows you to edit those RAWs with ease.

The video on how to take better photos with your smartphone is after the jump.

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