Sure, we’ve all snuck a look at our telephones in dull rallies. 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 reflect in the legislature when you should be, you are familiar with, legislating.
That’s what digital craftsman Bakes Depoorter did for his latest installation “The Flemish Scrollers.” His software that uses facial recognition to automatically call out legislators in the Flemish province of Belgium who are agitated by their telephones when its parliament is in session. The campaign comes almost two years after Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon compelled public wrath after playing Angry Birds during a plan discussion.( Really .)
Launched Monday, Depoorter’s system observers daily livestreams of government confronts on YouTube to assess how long legal representatives has been looking at their phone versus the congregate in progress. If the AI detects a amused person, it will publicly identify the party by post the time — on Instagram @TheFlemishScrollers, and Twitter @FlemishScroller.
The accused representative will be specified and shamed with their social media handles. The bot likewise politely requests they “pls stay focused! “
According to Depoorter’s website, if there is no session in progress, the application will begin analyzing and learning from archived livestreams instead. Whether this conveys the software will routinely post evidence of past distraction wasn’t clear. Depoorter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Less than 24 hours into the The Flemish Scrollers proceeding live, the program has already related four instances of legislators preoccupied by their telephones, and sparked discussion among the software’s germinating social media following.
As some adherents have pointed out, the software’s tendency to rush to resolutions could be a problem. After all, we can’t know what those legislators were up to on their devices; there are times when useful and important work needs doing urgently, even if it is on the same device everyone uses to waste time.
Until the AI software starts predict phones over the shoulders of the legislators, then, we’ll have to exactly trust that being watched by a bot offers an opportunity to legislators abridge their Angry Birds meter.
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