Computer Science Department

Computer Science Colloquium

Future Cameras

Michael Naimark
Independent Media Artist and Researcher

Friday October 11, 2002
11:30 a.m.
Room 1302 WWH
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185

Host: Ken Perlin,, 212-998-3386
Colloquium Information:


While observers of the electronics revolution have focussed on computing, camera technology has undergone its own quiet revolution of equally profound importance. Over the past 30 years, advances in size, cost, and quality of video cameras have altered the ratio of displays-to-cameras from millions-to-one to nearly one-to-one. Over the past 10 years, compression technology and the Internet have enabled live web cameras to proliferate. Current work combining computing with camera technology may result in instant 3D computer models and live immersive connectivity but is also confronting us to consider a world of instant recognition and constant surveillance. Projections into the future will be discussed.