Artificial intelligence identifies distracted politicians

Politicians monitored by artificial intelligence at the slightest distraction. “The Flemish Scrollers” is a project by Belgian artist Dries Depoorter, launched online on Monday 5 July, which analyzes live streaming of the Flemish Parliament meetings on YouTube, in search of “distracted politicians.” (Every meeting of the Flemish government in Belgium is live streamed on a Youtube channel).

When starting a livestream, the software searches for phones and tries to identify a distracted politician. If the artificial intelligence detects a politician who is continuously on his cell phone, it will identify him, extract the video and publish it on the account Instagram e Twitter di Flemish Scrollers tagging the politician himself, with a message inviting him to focus on the ongoing discussions. The politician accused of spending too much time on his cell phone will be named and “trolled” on social media.

The software is written in Python and uses machine learning to detect phones and facial recognition to identify the politician.

Since this system was put in place, four politicians from the Flemish province have already been identified who spend a lot of time on their mobile phones in the middle of a parliamentary session. It remains to be seen whether they were handling urgent matters relating to their tenure or whether they were dedicated to mere entertainment. On the latter point, a Flemish politician caused a scandal at the end of 2019 in Belgium, while playing Angry Birds during parliamentary debates.

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