opticalengineering

  • How a ‘Playboy’ Centerfold Became Part of the Creation of the JPEG

    How a ‘Playboy’ Centerfold Became Part of the Creation of the JPEG

    In her new book, How Sex Changed the Internet and the Internet Changed Sex: An Unexpected History, Samantha Cole traces the twisting history of the “Lena Centerfold,” an image from Playboy that became an international standard for training computers to recognise images. The image, taken in 1972, persisted for decades in computer science, even inspiring…