Explore Mario Klingemann's special commission for the Barbican's AI: More than Human exhibition.
Module 1: Acquisition
The first module in the circuit serves as the data input channel. Here the machine tries to learn about the visual appearance and the behaviour of humans. It consists of an empty white photo studio with a camera and a separate viewing area that will show the non-participants the data acquisition process in real-time.
Presenting the data
The analysis of the data acquisition is presented on a screen outside the photo studio visible only to the waiting audience.
It will show the video feed together with the acquired biometric data. It will also show additional search processes, like similarity rankings with previously acquired data "most similar face", "estimated age/gender/mood" as well as novelty scores for poses or faces. It will also try to measure and display the current biases it has in its data set by analyzing clusters of similar looking humans, estimated gender, age and ethnicity.
It consists of a full-screen projection in a classic "black room". Whilst presenting it will also observe the audience via infrared cameras and try to measure the attention it receives, counting how long in average people are staying and how many people are watching. It will then use those numbers to further optimize its learning and generation process and the type of data it needs to acquire.
Presenting the data
Since the machine tries to maximize the amount human attention it gets it would be logical that at this stage it also publishes its art on various social channels, like Twitter or Instagram. Doing this it could collect more data on how its creations are being received by measuring views, likes or retweets.
AI: More Than Human is a major exhibition exploring creative and scientific developments in AI, demonstrating its potential to revolutionise our lives. The exhibition takes place at the Barbican Centre, London from 16 May—26 Aug 2019.
Part of Life Rewired, our 2019 season exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.