ADAPT installations at BIAS in Science Gallery Dublin

Researchers from the ADAPT Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology partnered with artists to co-create the ‘BIAS: BUILT THIS WAY’ exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin (22 October 2021 – 31 January 2022).

As a part of this exhibition commissioned by Science Gallery Dublin, ADAPT deeveloped four artist researcher collaborations:

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What’s it like to be a human worker in a world designed for algorithms?

Social media companies process billions of posts on any given day. They use AI to automate the screening and moderation of this material, but still rely on human moderators to validate and ensure the accuracy of the algorithm. This approach seems to offer the best of both worlds – the speed of AI and the eye of context and meaning of a human – but what is the experience of the human worker in a system designed to function at the speed of AI? This interactive game draws attention to the high-pressure working environment many content moderators experience on the job.

Created by: Aphra Kerr (ADAPT Maynooth), Caroline Sinders & Karl Hohn. Research assistance was provided by Melina Garcia, Ciara Hogan and Joi Neuda.

Your Balanced Media Diet

Is awareness of your media consumption the first step in combating it? 

Your Balanced Media Diet is a playful interactive installation that challenges visitors to reconsider the new sources they tend to consume without question. Just as they would their food, the visitor is invited to examine their intake and learn how they can develop a balanced news diet. Visitors can assess the bias in their media consumption and explore the NFC empowered food items in the fridge to explore alternatives.

Created by: Brendan Spillane (ADAPT TCD), Ross Dowd

The Uncanny Valley of Breath

What does a breath mean to a machine?

When we talk to a machine, we don’t provide it with polished packets of information that it can analyse. Instead, we send it a chaotic bundle of vibrating air that must be searched for recognizable patterns. For an AI trained in Natural Language Processing, the way humans breathe when talking is useless – an undecipherable complexity. The Uncanny Valley of Breath strips away all of the processing that machines do to show us the variety in human speech in its most basic form: as a visualisation of frequencies, extracted from our speech, projected onto walls of spinning fans simulating the airflow that generated them.

Created by: Cormac Patrick English (ADAPT UCD), Edward Storey (ADAPT TCD), Antony Nevin, Carlotta Aoun.


Who does an algorithm think you are?

This exhibit explores how purchasing habits and online behaviours can be interpreted, skewed, and applied to shape our lives in unexpected ways. The Algorithmic Aisle shelves are lined with products you’ll love. Shop for what you like and then visit Self-Checkout. SKU-Market’s proprietary algorithm will build a vivid profile just for you. But watch out: you might not like who SKU-Market thinks you are. 

Created by: Jennifer Edmond (ADAPT TCD), Laura Allcorn, Ivan Bacher (ADAPT).