Better images of responsible AI

The current dominant imagery of AI reinforces dangerous misconceptions, and at best limits the public understanding of the current use and workings of AI systems, their potential and implications. AI4Media teams up with Better Images of AI / We and AI and AIxDESIGN to create & curate a season of artist commissions & community open call to re-imagine a better visual language for AI. The main aim is to create a sets of imagery that avoid perpetuating unhelpful myths about artificial intelligence by inviting artists from different backgrounds to develop better images while tackling the questions like: Is the image representing a particular part of the technology or is it trying to tell a wider story? Does it help people understand the technology and is it an accurate representation?

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951911.

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Aug 2023 - Dec 2023

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ANNE FEHRES & LUKE CONROY

artist duo specializing in multidisciplinary visual art projects

What advice would you give to others in the project?

"Our advice to others wanting to create ‘Better Images of AI’ is to find your own personal connection or area of interest within this complex field of research. It’s such a huge and constantly evolving area, that it can be very overwhelming to try and capture this in one visual idea. Instead, read and explore widely in the beginning and gradually find the specific area that captures your attention or relates to your lived experience with AI. For us, we focused in on the hidden labour or everyday experiences with AI. This made the topic of AI more relatable and situated it closely to our artistic practice which is focused on human lives and storytelling."

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Collage depicting human-AI collaboration in content moderation. Multiple arms, screens, computer cursors and eyes highlight the extensive human labor involved.
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A collage picturing a chaotic intersection filled with reCAPTCHA items like crosswalks, fire hydrants and traffic lights, representing the unseen labor in data labelling.
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An array of colorful, fossil-like data imprints representing the static nature of AI models, laden with outdated contexts and biases.
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CLAROTE

designer and illustrator

What have been the biggest challenges in creating better images of AI?

"The complexity of the mesh of structures, actors and resources behind AI systems is such that it becomes extremely difficult to portray its impacts and intertwinings – likewise, focusing on separate aspects for visual representation is also extremely difficult. The decision to develop a to triptych was an effort to honour and portray the very complexity and entanglement of these issues, while showcase different lines of this messy, gooey mesh."

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A brightly coloured illustration which can be viewed in any direction. It has many elements to it working together: men in suits around a table, someone in a data centre, big hands controlling the scenes and holding a phone, people in a production line. Motifs such as network diagrams and melting emojis are placed throughout the busy vignettes.
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A brightly coloured illustration which can be viewed in any direction. It has several scenes within it: people in front of computers seeming stressed, a number of faces overlaid over each other, squashed emojis and other motifs.
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A brightly coloured illustration which can be viewed in any direction. It has several scenes within it: miners digging in front of a huge mountain representing mineral resources, a hand holding a lump of coal or carbon, hands manipulating stock charts and error messages, as well as some women performing tasks on computers.
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JAZMIN MORRIS

creative computing artist and educator

Did you draw inspiration from anywhere in particular?

"I have been working in this field for a while now so I have a huge network (pardon the pun) of inspiration in my head that is constantly whirring around, however, here is a selection of the artists and researchers that specifically inspired this project; Safiyah Noble, Lisa Nakamura, Culturally Situated Design Tools, Simon Wheatley, Jay Ann-Lopez (Black Girl Gamers), MoMo Pixel, A.M. Darke, Ari Melenciano, Symone, The Hair Salon: Black Hair as Architecture, University of Houston and Neurospeculative Afrofeminism (NSAF) by Hyphen Labs."

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COMMUNITY GALLERY

AI4Media offered 3 micro-grants of €300 for images submitted to Better Images of AI Image Garden around the given topics. We invited all artists, imagemakers, researchers, and community members to submit sketches, renders, collages, or whatever visual representation their heart desires to Community Gallery. Favorites were selected by the team (Tania Duarte, Rasa Boyce, Ploi Flynn, Nadia Piet) based on aesthetic quality, requirements for the library, and community upvotes.

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Error cannot Generate by Amritha Warrier

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Playground 1 by Michiel van der Zanden

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tIc-tAc-t0e by Amritha Warrier

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So how did we do?

These images were created through a series of artist commissions curated, managed & directed by AIxDESIGN and funded by AI4Media for the Better Images of AI open-source image library. They are now part of the open-source Better Images library which means they’re free for you to download and use!

Collage depicting human-AI collaboration in content moderation. Multiple arms, screens, computer cursors and eyes highlight the extensive human labor involved.

Humans Do The Heavy Data Lifting by Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy

A brightly coloured illustration which can be viewed in any direction. It has many elements to it working together: men in suits around a table, someone in a data centre, big hands controlling the scenes and holding a phone, people in a production line. Motifs such as network diagrams and melting emojis are placed throughout the busy vignettes.

Power/Profit by Clarote

Braided Networks by Jazmin Morris

A brightly coloured illustration which can be viewed in any direction. It has several scenes within it: miners digging in front of a huge mountain representing mineral resources, a hand holding a lump of coal or carbon, hands manipulating stock charts and error messages, as well as some women performing tasks on computers.

Labour/Resources by Clarote

Braided Networks by Jazmin Morris

A collage picturing a chaotic intersection filled with reCAPTCHA items like crosswalks, fire hydrants and traffic lights, representing the unseen labor in data labelling.

Hidden Labour of Internet Browsing by Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy

Playground 1 by Michiel van der Zanden

An array of colorful, fossil-like data imprints representing the static nature of AI models, laden with outdated contexts and biases.

Models Built From Fossils by Luke Conroy and Anne Fehres

Error cannot Generate by Amritha Warrier

Braided Networks by Jazmin Morris

A brightly coloured illustration which can be viewed in any direction. It has several scenes within it: people in front of computers seeming stressed, a number of faces overlaid over each other, squashed emojis and other motifs.

User/Chimera by Clarote

tIc-tAc-t0e by Amritha Warrier

Humans Do The Heavy Data Lifting by Anne Fehres and Luke Conroy

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