In Algorithms We Trust

Submissions have been closed

The art piece In Algorithms We Trust invited guests of Roskilde Festival to reflect upon the role of software algorithms while also providing them with the opportunity to pose a question to Chelsea Manning.

If you submitted a question you will receive a follow up e-mail with an assessment of your credibility. If your question is chosen, Roskilde Festival will contact you directly.

Want to hear more about this art piece?

Andreas Refsgaard and Cecilie Astrupgaard (Analyse & Tal) will give a talk about the thoughts behind In Algorithms We Trust and the use of decision making algorithms in society at Klub Rå, Saturday 7th of July 17:15 CET.
Read more about it here.

About

Software algorithms are all around us, increasingly controlling aspects of our lives by making decisions independent of human interference. Since they are based on training data or abstract rules rather than feelings and needs, algorithms are often regarded to be more trustworthy and objective compared to human beings.

The art piece In Algorithms We Trust invited guests of Roskilde Festival to reflect upon the role of software algorithms while also providing them with the opportunity to pose a question to Chelsea Manning.

Guests were asked to answer a series of questions about themselves and subsequently upload their portrait photo before being allowed to pose a question to Chelsea Manning. In the background an algorithm silently judged the credibility of each guest by comparing their answers to data deduced from the person’s uploaded portrait photo via a machine learning model able to estimate the age, gender, mood, and visual appearance of each guest based on a single photo. The algorithm accepted the model’s estimates as true and viewed guests as trustworthy only to the extent that their testimonies about themselves correlated with the estimates of the model.

In the end, a handful of the guests considered to be the most credible by the algorithm will be allowed to pose a question for Chelsea Manning during her talk at Gloria Stage, Thursday 5th of July 15:30 CET.
Read more about it here.