Camera: Leica M9
Focal Length: 35mm
I am attending a remote meeting, the From Neuroscience To Artificially Intelligent Systems (NAISys) hosted by Cold Spring Harbor this week. This means I’m attending, sitting at my desk watching video streams of people from around the world.
In some ways, I really like the concept of remote meetings. There is the opportunity to learn and share without the burden of travel or environmental cost. Maybe this is the future of meetings? However, there is no real replacement for sitting down with someone else in person, to discuss difficult conceptual concepts, but until this pandemic gets under control, this is the reality.
The added difficulty with attending meetings virtually, is that the usual world has a higher likelihood of intruding upon your meetings… things like people looking for you, emails labeled URGENT, problems, budgets, personnel, policy, etc…etc…etc… The right approach is to push it off, but…
The final frustration with remote meetings for me at least, is that I cannot typically participate in the photography that normally accompanies meetings for me. Cold Spring Harbor is a pilgrimage site for bioscientists, yet I’ve never been. I would *love* to walk around Cold Spring Harbor with a camera. But for now, you’ll have to settle for a photograph of my Chuck T’s.