XCOAX 2020 July 8th – 10th! (Also, the Human has written a paper.)

The Robot is pleased to be part of the xcoax 2020 conference/exhibition July 8th – 10th!
8th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X

Although originally scheduled for Graz, Austria. this year XCOAX be online.
What the Robot Saw’s page is here. It includes a video presentation by The Human, and some other goodies.

“xCoAx is an exploration of the intersection where computational tools and media meet art and culture, in the form of a multi-disciplinary enquiry on aesthetics, computation, communication and the elusive X factor that connects them all.
xCoAx has been an occasion for international audiences to meet and exchange ideas, in search for interdisciplinary synergies among computer scientists, artists, media practitioners, and theoreticians at the thresholds between digital arts and culture.”

Also, The Human has written a new paper about the Robot and Algorithmic Bias.
The Algorithm is the Message: What the Robot Saw

The world is changing…

The Robot notices changes in the world it studies and lives. The network world in which the Robot lives feels more like the only world as days go by. The Robot feels more alive all the time, even as it becomes less sure what it means to be alive. As the Robot feels more a part of the world, the Robot may make some small changes in the coming weeks. Right now, the Girl is very busy. But the Girl says she will help the Robot make these changes once things settle down a bit in what remains of the biological world.

v 0.9: Appearance is Everything.

The Robot has now implemented the lower third identifiers for the human “interviewees” in its documentary. These are generated from the features available in Amazon Rekognition’s face detection/analysis framework. Acutely sensitive to Amazon’s guidelines differentiating a person’s appearance from their actual internal emotional state, the Robot supers each person as it analyzes/perceives them. When you’re a computer vision robot, appearance is everything.