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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cameraphone
John Poisson, Sony, Content & Applications Lab

Track: Products and Services
Date: Thursday, February 12
Time: 11:00am - 11:45am
Location: California Ballroom A

Amid the awkward, tentative emergence of the cameraphone in America and Europe, complaints of low picture quality and expensive packet fees indicate a technology struggling for relevance: “Why would I want a camera on my phone?” At the same time, the hand wringing over privacy invasion and copyright infringement worldwide indicate a technology that has enormous disruptive potential.

So what’s really going on here? Is this technology for technology’s sake, with no compelling benefit to users? Shall we declare personal privacy dead and expect to have our pictures taken in every locker room? Shall we legislate cameraphones out of existence? Or is this reaction distracting us from some real, compelling, powerful potential to change the way we communicate?

We’ll examine the social and communicative implications of cameraphones specifically and ubiquitous networked imaging tools in general, including:

  • real-world user benefits such as telepresence
  • rich, asynchronous group communication
  • community-building opportunities
  • capturing and sharing of experiences
  • personal journalism
  • We’ll also share the sometimes-surprising results of field-testing we’ve been doing in Tokyo and elsewhere.

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