PhotoBooth

Funding: Fonds National de la Recherche
Start Date: Jan. 15, 2021
End Date: Dec. 31, 2021

Description

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer only part of science fiction. In recent years, the rapid rise of AI has been simultaneously stunning, promising, sometimes disappointing —and could also be perceived as scary. Views on AI are diverging from experts claiming "Fear artificial stupidity, not artificial intelligence!" to prominent scientists (e.g. Stephen Hawking) raising their voice to the grave dangers AI could cause to our very existence. What is certain, that AI-driven technologies are part of our everyday life and the more we democratise the knowledge on these technologies the better we are equipped to look for answers both as a society and as individuals.
To start with, AI is symptomatic of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is the most important of several disruptive technologies. There is a clear need for clarity and understanding of what AI entails today, in order to demystify it and comprehend its impact on our lives, and also, to understand and mitigate its risks.

A group of AI researchers and science communicators have teamed up to develop a playful and interactive intelligent machine - the SMART PHOTO BOOTH - where the users can experiment with AI and learn about how intelligent machines are trained.

The Smart Photo Booth is designed to guide the user to engage with an AI algorithm via manipulating images. Our photo booth will be similar to an interactive Snapchat filter, allowing the user to generate their very own digital portrait in a chosen style of a specific art movement. Hence, the Smart Photo Booth will be very intuitive and appealing to the general public and particularly for teenagers, it is the perfect medium to teach AI, not only for those who are already technology drawn, but also to publics of diverging interests, backgrounds and gender.

The Smart Photo Booth will be adapted and presented in two different venues: a) Space 1 - workshops in the Scienteens Lab at UL for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) high school students in Luxembourg (April-July 2021); b) Space 2 - permanent exhibition in the Luxembourg Science Center for a wide range of audiences - children, teenagers, and families (August - December 2021). In 2022 we plan to have the Smart Photo Booth exhibited for the whole year in the AI & Art Pavilion.

The Pavilion, supported by the Esch 2022 European Capital of Culture, will be providing various interactive programs and a series of exhibitions for all kinds of visitors for the duration of Esch 2022.

To implement this project, we have an interdisciplinary team of computer scientists and artists, and are partnering with different organizations for the dissemination strategy: the Scienteens Lab (https://wwwen.uni.lu/lcsb/scienteens_lab), the Luxembourg Science Center (https://www.science-center.lu/) and the European Capital of Culture Esch2022 (https://esch2022.lu/en). By partnering with successful and established ‘science in society’ initiatives we ensure proper dissemination of the project. Plus, it will allow for the sustainability of the project beyond this proposal.

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