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Osservatorio Fondazione Prada. Training Humans

Osservatorio Fondazione Prada. Training Humans

Training Humans is the first major photography exhibition devoted to training images: the collections of photos used by scientists to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems how to "see" and categorize the world.

Curated by AI researcher and professor Kate Crawford and artist and researcher Trevor Paglen, Training Humans is structured as an historical interrogation that begins with the images used in the first computerized facial recognition lab founded by the CIA since 1963. Their work highlights how the private and public sectors are harvesting people's online photographs as raw material for human classification and surveillance.

Where are the boundaries between science, history, politics, prejudice and ideology in artificial intelligence? Who has the power to build and benefit from these systems?

Training Humans exposes the biases, assumptions, errors, and ideological positions within AI technologies. By revealing how AI systems have been devised over the last six decades, Crawford and Paglen show how present-day AI systems perpetuate practices of social classification, surveillance, and segmentation.


12 SEPTEMBER 2019 - 24 FEBRUARY 2020