Through the eyes of an algorithm: Spy on the city

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I tested out the Autographer camera today – the wearable cam with a fisheye lens that doesn’t let you control the snapshots. I wore it during my bike ride down to IIT.

Later, when I connected the camera to my computer, and looked at the images, I thought they were kind of boring… typical, bad photos.

But after an hour or so, when I zoomed out, something happened.

I started to see shapes — not content.

A different narrative, about movement and pavement and cracks and stripes.

I think I saw what the algorithm sees.

I desaturated all the images to enhance that effect / affect. What it reveals is pretty magnificent, I find.

I have a few projects in mind for this gadget, with Laura Forlano, and I imagine we’ll continue to document the process at the Critical Futures Lab once it’s up and running…

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