Training Humans by Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen at Fondazione Prada
Discover the first major photography exhibition featuring the photos used to train artificial intelligence systems
Training Humans is a new landmark exhibition conceived byKate Crawford, AI researcher, artist and professor, and Trevor Paglen, artist and researcher commissioned by Fondazione Prada for its Osservatorio venue.
The exhibition will take place at Fondazione’s Osservatorio venue, located at the 5th floor of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, from 12 September 2019 to 24 February 2020. The press preview will take place on 11 September.
When we first started conceptualizing this exhibition over two years ago, we wanted to tell a story about the history of images used to ‘recognize’ humans in computer vision and AI systems. We weren’t interested in either the hyped, marketing version of AI nor the tales of dystopian robot futures. Rather, we wanted to engage with the materiality of AI, and to take those everyday images seriously as a part of a rapidly evolving machinic visual culture. That required us to open up the black boxes and look at how these engines of seeing currently operate. – from the artists
Training Humans is the first major photography exhibition devoted to training images: the collections of photos used to train artificial intelligence (AI) systems in how to “see” and categorize the world. In this exhibition, Crawford and Paglen reveal the evolution of training image sets from the 1960s to today.
The exhibition explores two fundamental issues in particular: how humans are represented, interpreted and codified through training datasets, and how technological systems harvest, label and use this material.