MACHINE-IN-THE-MIDDLE

MACHINE-IN-THE-MIDDLE

AI Augmented Chat Application
Year: 2017
Exhibitions:
V2_ Test_Lab Summer Sessions Edition. Rotterdam, Netherlands. 2017
Support:
Arquivo 237
V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media

Machine-In-The-Middle is a chat application that allows a user to have a conversation with another human, while having a very insistent machine in the middle mediate that conversation, trying to fill in the gaps that simple text can’t express. It will analyse the user’s facial expressions to determine emotions, it will also try to determine their gender, age and ethnicity and look online for visual representations of what it determines.
The Machine In The Middle is an augmented chat conversation with extra information no one really needs where the flaws of human communication get mixed in with the flaws of the algorithms we use to communicate, all into an absurd mediated experience.

This project was realised as part of the Summer Sessions network in a co-production between Arquivo 237 and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.