Farewell to the VISLIST - Vision List Digest - COMP.AI.VISION

Vision List Digest: Article 1, Volume 35, Issue 3
From: Philip Kahn
Post-Followup: submission@VISLIST.com

Dear Vislist Reader,

I am sorry to say that this will be the last Vision List (vol 35: issue 3).

In 1982, 35 years ago, I started the Vision List as an ARPANET USENET
moderated newsgroup COMP.AI.VISION. That was the year that David Marr's
dissertation was published. It was also the year that the ARPANET
adopted TCP/IP. Usenet moderated newsgroups had only been invented two
years earlier, and COMP.AI.VISION was among the first shared forums in
the then new network connected mini world. I was an undergraduate at
UCLA, so we were an inside track on the ARPANET. The first message on
the ARPANET was sent by a UCLA student in 1969 at a node at SRI, and
Leonard Kleinrock was UCLA's department chairman in 1982. Tim Berner-Lee
invented the World Wide Web in 1989, and URLs in 1994. Some time
thereafter, the Vislist Digest became available in a web format by the
URL of http://www.vislist.com . The Vision List is one of the earliest
examples of technical and scientific network collaboration that has
persisted... until today.

The original description of the Vislist said: The Vislist Digest is
intended to embrace discussion on a wide range of vision topics,
including physiological theory, computer vision, machine vision and
image processing algorithms, vision techniques to support robot
navigation and spatial representation, artificial intelligence and
neural network techniques applied to vision, industrial applications,
robotic eyes, implemented systems, ideas, profound thoughts; anything
related to vision and its automation is fair game.

Much of the list of topics listed above have matured to the extent that
they have become commercial products and hardened/fielded mission
critical equipment. Products everywhere in our lives include computer
vision components, and it has helped to fuel a new phase of the
Industrial Revolution. Massive computing on a chip and phenomenal
imagers - all at low cost - have put computer vision on the cusp of
changing... everything. Computer vision faculty/scientists and
departments, journals/conferences and books, and job and product
marketplaces have gone worldwide and represent how computer vision has
become a critical technology.

The Vision List has outlived its usefulness and place. The hardware and
mechanisms underlying the Vislist are painfully old, and maintaining
them has become untenable. I considered a new incarnation, reworking and
relaunching the Vision List, but the scope is beyond it's simple
beginnings. The field has grown and split into sub disciplines. A
thousand flowers have bloomed.

Computer Vision has gone mainstream: it has a Wikipedia page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_vision . Alternative conversant
forums to the Vision List: http://www.computervisiononline.com/ contains
some of the information provided by the Vision List. LinkedIn has a
Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition group with over 38,000 members at
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2642596 .

I'd like to thank you and all the newsgroup readers and submissions over
these many years that have played a part in helping to launch an

Best wishes, and thanks,


Philip Kahn, moderator/founder
the VISLIST - Vision List Digest - COMP.AI.VISION
personal email: mailto:philip.e.kahn@gmail.com