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'Untrained Eyes' puts an AI spin on looking at yourself in the mirror

'Untrained Eyes' puts an AI spin on looking at yourself in the mirror
From Engadget - November 14, 2017

Sometimes you wo not get a person who resembles you in any way, but that's the entire point of Untrained Eyes. When Kaino and Williams set out to make this project, it was always with the intention to shed light on the inherent flaws of artificial intelligence algorithms, particularly those utilized in image search databases. The experience itself works effortlessly. You walk up to the installation, wave at the mirror and then, within a few seconds, you will be presented an image of your alleged doppelgnger. The images displayed are pulled from a curated dataset that will "match" your appearance, based on your facial attributes.

In its current iteration, Untrained Eyes features five mirrors, which was not the original idea. Kaino said that, toward the end of the development process, he realized that the installation would be better with more than a single mirror. That way people could see each other's reactions to their image results. And you can definitely see the difference when someone who tries it gets a picture of Brad Pitt, as opposed to another human being who's, well, less attractive. People will keep going back in front of the mirror, waving their hand, and waiting until they get an image of someone who they are satisfied with.

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