Through the Looking Algorithm          
June 2018
computer vision, facial recognition, interactive, creative coding, physical computing

In collaboration with a Senior Data Scientist from the Ministry of Justice, UK.

Exhibited at the Royal College of Art’s School of Communication Showcase, London 2018. 

Courts, banks, schools, and just about every other technological services are using automated predictive analytics systems to make decisions about and for us. However, the data used to train these models inhibit our unconscious bias, making them a mirror of the real world instead of a crystal ball. As the technology becomes increasingly ubiquitous, when is a good time to discuss ethics and value judgments before deciding who gets bail, who goes to jail, and who goes free?

Through the Looking Algorithm is a crime prediction machine that prophesies the participant’s future petty crime via a receipt printer. Disguised under the set up of facial, mood, and gender recognition technologies, as well as the collaboration effort with a Data Scientist from the Ministry of Justice, the profiling experience actually has no crime data models behind the scenes.

Predictive policing claimed to be based on “big data” and statistical analysis to gain validity for their identification of criminal activities. Through the Looking Algorithm challenges this reliance on the appearance of advanced technologies void of socio-economical understanding to justify discriminatory judicial practices. 

Boston, MA