Digital Photo Exchange
Step 1: Find a large steel device.
Step 2: Plug your camera's memory card into the device.
Step 3: A red light illuminates. Wait for the green light.
Step 4: Remove your camera memory card from the device.
Step 5: Find random photographs from other people copied onto your camera, filling about 1/3 of your free memory. A random selection of your photographs are now in the device, waiting to be copied to other people's cameras.
This is like finding a strangers vacation photos on the sidewalk. It is for people to share their experiences, randomly, in an odd, anonymous, disconnected way. Every photo shared was taken by someone who also used the machine, but you know nothing else about them.
- Would you use this machine?
- Is one third of free memory a good amount of random photos? This means that if you have a 4 gigabyte memory card, have used 1 gigabyte with pictures you've taken, and have 3 gigabytes free, the device will copy 1 gigabyte of other photos onto your camera. There is a balance between filling up someones camera (who did not bring a laptop to unload the memory card), and getting enough photos to be interesting (since most photos probably are not..). Thoughts?
- The shared photos will be resized, so that they are smaller and more will fit on people's cards. Recent cameras have a ridiculous number of megapixels, appropriate for printing photos that are 20x30 inches. Resizing them will allow several times more photos to be shared, and they will look the same on most computer monitors. Does anyone have thoughts on what an appropriate resolution would be for the shared photos-- 2048 pixels? 1024 pixels? 800?
- The only reason I might not make this machine is a concern about liabillity: someone could share illegal photos. I know ISP's get around this by claiming to be a mere conduit for the photos (so that, for example, Google doesn't get charged for possession if someone emails it with Gmail), which this is, but for a physical device this is probably not settled law. I don't want to be unduly paranoid, but in our system merely being charged with something can cost many several thousands of dollars to defend yourself. I could have the machine regularly purge the photos inside it, so it only shares photos from the last x people and x hours. This is less fun, since it limits the number and diversity of the photos people would get. Does anyone have legal advice or technical ideas to mitigate this risk?