Artificial intelligence (AI) is a tool that can be used to make people’s lives easier or to make them a little more complicated. In this case, she was employed in Belgium to monitor the behavior of legislators.
The control mechanism is the work of Belgian digital artist Dries Deporteer who uses technologies such as facial recognition to determine if politicians are looking at the phone during parliamentary sessions.
The Flemish Scrollers, as Deporter’s digital artwork is known, is a system that Automatically tag politicians in the Flanders Parliament, in Belgium, when it detects that they use the mobile phone during a meeting.
There are 124 deputies in the Flemish Parliament and all sessions are broadcast live on YouTube. Since last Monday, this software has been monitoring everyone, detecting their faces and mobile devices at all times to see if they are attentive.
Every meeting of the flemish government in Belgium is live streamed on a YouTube channel.
Software is searching for phones and tries to identify a distracted politician. This with the help of AI. The results are then posted to social with the politician tagged. By @driesdepoorter pic.twitter.com/QUQHiYx2HI
– The Flemish Scrollers (@FlemishScroller) July 5, 2021
To do this, it analyzes through an AI algorithm written in the popular Python programming language. the video of all the sessions to detect when a member looks down.
Once you recognize that an individual is violating this rule, by way of derision, He sends a message to Twitter with a video in which it is shown that he was not attentive.
But it is not a direct message that, by way of corrective, reminds you of your neglect, but rather that expose the evidence with a public tweet mentioning the user.
As this watchful eye never rests, in case there are no live broadcasts, previous sessions of the channel are analyzed, as reported by its author through a statement, to fall on the culprits.
The tool developed by Deporteer works automatically and uses machine learning to detect mobile phones in videos and facial recognition to identify each politician.
In the images shared about the system, a white box is shown that identifies with a degree of probability to each politician, and another green one that, also with a percentage, analyzes the probability that they have the mobile in their hands.
The fear of many citizens is the loss of individual freedom.
However, there are those who see this invention as an attack on the privacy of politicians, since some understand that the fact of looking at the mobile does not directly imply that they are distracted or wasting time.
Criticism of this initiative from some citizens began to raise the temperature. Much indicates that, although they do not defend politicians, if this irruption becomes popular, the system will end up being installed in supermarkets, then in offices and finally, in every corner of private life.
The European Union (EU) prepares a draft to regulate the permitted uses of AI mechanisms, and it establishes bans for uses such as mass surveillance systems and technologies that value people predictively, while high-risk systems will move to more oversight.
The new regulation provides that the EU Member States must set up a common advisory council, made up of experts and dedicated to validating AI systems considered high risk.
The types of AI systems banned by the EU will include those of “indiscriminate surveillance” in a massive wayBoth those that track people in physical environments and those that use or extract aggregated data for other systems.