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Pushing Pixels

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http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/pushing-pixels/

Seeing Like a Rover How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars Janet Vertesi University of Chicago Press 304 pages April 2015

“There’s a funny moment toward the end of the book when Vertesi pays a visit to a researcher named Ross, who was known throughout the Rover community for his image processing skills. Vertesi asks Ross to demonstrate his vaunted decorrelation stretch technique; a little perplexed, he opens the image processing suite on his computer, loads some sample images, and explains: “I just push this button.” The distinctive greens and purples that recalled, for Vertesi, the palette of Andy Warhol were the result of a software macro applying a mathematical formula.”

Janet Vertesi
Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars
University of Chicago Press – 304 pages. April 2015

Retrieved from: http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/pushing-pixels/

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