Photos: How Tools Start a Revolution

"One of the marquee features of the new iPhone 7 Plus is “portrait mode” and “depth effect” photography. At first glance this might appear as “just a new feature”, perhaps even an over-hyped one. There’s a lot more to it, not in how it works, but in what this says about the evolving nature of how tools create new norms and new forms of expression.

Sometimes we underestimate the impact of something new in a commonly used tool, and as a technologist that can prove to be a fairly fatal mistake. As Thomas Kuhn’s writing teaches us, scientific revolutions come about because of the creation of new tools which enable new ways of thinking, new paradigms."


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