At the Fondazione Prada - Artificial Intelligence

At the Fondazione Prada - Artificial Intelligence
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Raise your hand whoever was not tempted to see themselves aged using the FaceApp, the latest viral challenge in the field of artificial intelligence applied to faces. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though - the immense stores of images on social networks have, for some time, been fuelling a winning research, which, from simple facial recognition, elaborates vast amounts of info on people based on their faces alone. How will we be in thirty years? How would we look if we changed our gender? What emotions are we feeling at the moment? Are we suited to the job for which we are applying? Artificial intelligence all around the world is training itself to answer questions like these. For the first time, an exhibition explores this phenomenon. From the first, pioneering experiments of the C.I.A. in the Sixties to the more invasive and complex “training” systems of today’s AI, the Osservatorio Fondazione Prada finally offers the possibility to understand how it works and what’s hiding in this disturbing galaxy. Conceived by artificial intelligence scholar Kate Crawford and American artist Trevor Paglen, Training Humans presents millions of photos that were at the basis of the development of various models of facial recognition, demonstrating how the technology has evolved over time. There is also a work created by Paglen for the exhibition - using algorithms from Amazon and Facebook, Age Gender and Emotion in the Wild will attempt to offer up the life, death and potential miracles of each visitor - after having recorded their image in the awaiting database, of course.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano