14 may 2018, Jerusalem celebrates, Tel Aviv parties and Gaza bleeds — a surreal 24 hours in which wide range of emotions are triggered. While the Israeli army utilizes high-end technology to expel their enemy, Palestinians throw rocks, burn car tires and use incendiary kites. As humans we see this division and question these events. But how does computer vision interpret this? This video installation observes one day, 14 may 2018 in Israel and Palestine. This particular algorithm has a frame of reference that consists of a dataset of around 100.000 images. With this in mind I want to address how artificial "intelligence" is still utterly incapable of reading emotional context, and as object recognition software becomes more integrated into our societies infrastructure, this will be a source of concern.
Israel, Tel Aviv: Thousands of Israelis attend Netta Barzilai’s festive welcome concert in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv on May 14, 2018 after she won the Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday in Lisbon, Portugal JACK GUEZ/AFP PHOTO
Israel’s singer Netta Barzilai aka Netta performs "Toy" during the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP PHOTO/Getty Images