AI Facial Profiling, Levels of Paranoia by Marta Revuelta, in collaboration with Laurent Weingart, software development and Marc Wettstein, mechatronic system.
A project that explores the disturbing uses of automatic processes of human being binary classification controlled by artificial intelligence by proposing a “thinking machine”, an AI-driven profiling system that recognizes the ability of an individual to handle firearms and predicts his potential danger from a biometric analysis of his face. The device is made up of a weapon-camera that captures the faces of the visitors, and machine learning algorithms that classifies them into two typologies. It also includes a mechanical system that generates intelligence cards with profiled people’s photography. This physiognomic machine is directly inspired by industrial systems and proposes a staging inspired by security infrastructures taking the individual as the starting point for a critical reflection about algorithmic biases and the bipolarization of human labelling; a narrative that explores the ethical limits of these AI driven artefacts and refers to the legitimisation of their empowering decision-making.