Kim Albrecht — AI Senses

The piece AI Senses visualizes sensor data of machines and electronic devices that surround us everyday to develop an understanding how they experience the world. Today machine learning and artificial intelligence are buzzwords. But they are more than that – they influence our behavior as well as our conception of the technologies themselves and the world they represent. A lack of understanding of how these systems operate on their own terms is dangerous. How can we live with, trust, and interact with this alien species, which we set forth into the world, if we know it only through interfaces designed to make the machine unnaturally akin to the world we already know? This project by Kim Albrecht visualizes raw sensor data that our phones and computers collect and process to help us understand how these machines experience the world. The visualizations here explore a number of sensory domains: seeing, locating, orienting, hearing, moving, and touching. Rather than yielding machine’s sensory data in ways that we intuitively grasp, however, these visualizations show us a number of ways in which the machine’s reality departs from our own.

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