Assignment #6

Low light/night photography assignment. I enjoyed this assignment a lot. I have a lot of experience shooting in low light so this wasn’t too hard for me to achieve. Used manual setting for this assignment.

Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Assignment #5

It was a bit tricky to get the setting s right on my camera, but I think I managed to do a good job. I set up the drive mode to take 3 pictures and then processed them in Photoshop afterwards. I used the manual setting for this assignment.

Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Assignment #4

Stitching: 

Result: 

I slowly rotated around my living room and took pictures. The process was fairly simple and I really enjoyed the result of the stitching on photoshop after.

Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Assignment #3

Depth of Focus

4.0 aperture setting

10.0 aperture setting

For this week we had to take a pictures using different depth of fields and also a polarizing filter.

For these two pictures I played around with a 4.0 aperture setting and a 10.0 aperture setting. As you can see, the lower aperture setting achieves a shorter and more focused depth of focus and vice versa.

Polarizing Filter

Before:

After:

I used the reflections from my mirror to test out the polarizing filter and discovered that it significantly reduces reflections. The last picture contains much less reflections and I really enjoyed the effect/playing around with it.

Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Assignment #2

For my “exposure bracketing” assignment,  these three images were taken with +- 2/3 exposure bracketing, I actually think that the last one (overexposed) is the best one. I also used the custom white balance grey card technique to make the colours truer to their object.

Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

Assignment #1

Auto White Balance: 

Custom White Balance:

I wanted to experiment with the white balance in natural light .The first picture was taken with the camer’s auto white balance, and the second one was taken with the white balance created with the medium grey card. The auto balance set the colours much warmer and truer to the way the object looks. The picture taken with the customized white balance is much more accurate to the colours of the scene, and feels a lot better to the viewer.

Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

I-am-not-your-bot

This project was inspired to create a bot that had a role opposite to what we always presume bots to have. Bots are considered to be obedient, patient, and emotionless. They are expected to serve us constantly. Hence, we demand orders from them, yell at them, and even make fun of them. So what if there was a bot that didn’t serve you? What if there was a bot that talked back and asked you to treat it nicely? Meet Alice, a disobedient bot that is asking you to get to know her. You simply call her number and ask her questions to win her heart! If you listen attentively and answer the questions on the form correctly, then she will tell you how she feels about you.

For this project, I used the Twilio’s Speech API library to handle incoming calls, to output speech from my bot, and to gather speech input from the user. I then used Rivescript to script a conversation and then fed it back into my Twilio bot to respond to the user.

Steps:

  1. Go to this URL to read instructions on how to talk with Alice.

2. User calls Alice. Server is collecting conversation

3. Finished phone conversation with Alice. User is filling out form to see how much they remember about their conversation with Alice

4. Submitting responses will reveal how Alice feels about you

 

Project Idea: A Bot with a Personality Disorder

Social bots play a major role in spreading fake news. Researchers at Indiana University conducted a study of 14 million tweets that revealed Twitter to be a major source for the spread of fake news.

Certain manipulation strategies are why Twitter bots are so effective. First, they amplify fake news in its early stages, long before it goes viral. Then they target individual users through replies and mentions, instead of writing broad posts or retweeting. This increases the chances a post could go viral because it injects fake news directly into a closely connected human network. Finally, bots disguise themselves as human by changing their geographic location. These manipulations are largely why people spread false news from bots just as much as other humans, according to the study.

From this research, my goal is to combat this social automation of fake news by creating bots that contradict themselves. In the same manner that Amanda Ullman used contradictory images to fool people she was going through a certain journey, I wish to create a bot that has several personalities. A bot that agrees and disagrees with liberals and conservatives. A bot that argues with itself about a topic on a certain thread. A bot that essentially represents the hypocrisy and contradictory nature of the media. By using the above mentioned manipulation strategies, I wish to help people question the information provided to them on the Internet. People often choose things based on opinions that they agree with. Hence, if they follow my bot and agree with a certain statement, the bot can then contradict its statement and show them possibly a different point of view than they were expecting.

The medium I am thinking of using is Twitter since a lot of discussion happens in this social platform. Also, I am going to outline certain personalities I want my bot(s) to have that I will then diffuse upon the Internet to test people’s reactions.