Sure, we’ve all snuck a look at our phones in dull meetings. But if you’re working on the taxpayer’s dime, you’d better be ready for artificial intelligence to call you out for gawping at the black mirror in the legislature when you should be, you know, legislating.
That’s what digital artist Dries Depoorter did for his latest installation “The Flemish Scrollers.” His software that uses facial recognition to automatically call out politicians in the Flemish province of Belgium who are distracted by their phones when its parliament is in session. The project comes almost two years after Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon caused public outrage after playing Angry Birds during a policy discussion. (Really.)
Launched Monday, Depoorter’s system monitors daily livestreams of government meetings on YouTube to assess how long a representative has been looking at their pho… Read More