workstation pc, monitor 32”, monitor 50”
python, touchdesigner [derivative]
emanuele frontoni, marina paolanti, marco mameli, massimo martini – research group vrai – vision robotics and artificial intelligence of the polytechnic university of marche for technical support in the areas of deep learning and computer vision
a.i. [artificial integration] is the latest unpublished work of the visual and multidisciplinary artist samir sayed abdellattef, known for his keen interest in digital culture expressed through the creation of works ranging from live audio visual performance to multimedia installation.
the installation, which will be officially presented on the occasion of the third edition of the art+b=(love)? festival, arises from the collaboration between the artist and the artificial intelligence department of the polytechnic university of marche, which has made available its scientific know-how for the development of the work.
a.i. [artificial integration] can be defined as the zero phase of an ongoing project destined to grow over time and has its roots in the difficult area of reflection where ethics and artificial intelligence come together.
from a recent report compiled by the ai now institute of new york university [interdisciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the social implications of artificial intelligence] entitled discriminating systems: gender, race, and power in ai, shows that the discrimination of genus does not only exist in the biological world of people, but also in the technological world of a.i., it is clear that gender discrimination does not only exist in the biological world of people, but also in the technological world of a.i. and that, indeed, from the first are transmitted to the second in the form of non-voluntary/voluntary information.
machines, in fact, analyze reality from the point of view of their creators and can be conditioned by their prejudices.
also according to the report, the systems that use the physical aspect as a datum to evaluate character or mood, the artificial intelligence tools that claim to detect sexuality starting from photos of faces, to predict crime based on characteristics facial or assess the competence of workers through micro-expressions, are extremely worrying phenomena. such systems are effectively replicating patterns of racial and gender bias in ways that may even entrench and justify historical inequalities that we should instead be committed to overcome.
the artist weaves his analysis starting from the results of this report, to give life to a work that lays bare and denounces the artificial discriminatory systems that are instructed with data that arise in prejudice, specifically arriving at the gender context studies. to do this he asks two neural networks to dialogue with the public and to generate a second transgender work together.
the work presents itself as an interactive multimedia installation that invites people to interact with two ‘sexually defined’ algorithmic entities, educated respectively with texts by male writers and women writers, in order to convey in them two different ‘weltanschauung’ [ visions of the world] influenced by the biological differences of sex, by psychological differences, by social and cultural differences characterizing both genders.
for each question that people will ask the a.i. a piece of history will be generated by both. it will be the choice of the public that as in the game much loved by the surrealists of the ‘cadavre exquis’, will define the collective narrative, thus neutralizing the intrinsic gender bias in the machine.
in this way the artist focuses on the responsibility of man towards the social and cultural context that he creates through his choices. machines do nothing but reflect and amplify prejudices, it’s up to us to take action to eliminate them.