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19 September 2017

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Abkhazia, ethics in artificial intelligence, camera company foibles, a free HEIC-to-JPEG conversion site, getting Enchroma sunglasses for a birthday present and Joe McNally remembers Fred Demarest.

  • Russian photographer Ksenia Kuleshova went Looking for the Soul of Abkhazia and in 18 photos Jordan Teicher shows what she found in the small and forgotten territory on the eastern coast of the Black Sea bordering the Caucasus Mountains.
  • In Seeking Ethics in Visual Tech, Paul Melcher argues that because image recognition is one of the most visible of artificial intelligence implementations it should lead the way in requiring AI follow "the same ethical rules that have guided humanity."
  • Thom Hogan catalogs some Dumb Things the Camera Companies Are Still Doing. "I've barely touched the surface in how the camera companies aren't hearing users and aren't delivering state-of-the-art," he concludes. "But I have to stop somewhere or I'd just spend the rest of my life typing additions to this article."
  • You can Convert HEIC Photos to JPEGs. Up to 30 of them at no charge. If, for some reason, your iOS 11 images don't get shared as JPEGs.
  • William Reed, who was born colorblind, gets a pair of Enchroma sunglasses for his 66th birthday:
  • In A Mentor Passes, Joe McNally celebrates the life of Fred Demarest, former chairman of the Syracuse University Photo Department. "He was simply the best teacher I ever had, and an incredibly decent man to boot," McNally writes.

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